A white whale rescues a drowning diver from a puddle of ice

In the city of Harbin, China, a diving competition was held in the large Polar Land pool, where beluga whales also live.

The participants’ task was to dive to the bottom of a six-metre pool of arctic ice, without breathing equipment, and stay there as long as possible.

Yan Yun entered the competition. The twenty-six-year-old girl dived successfully and when she was about to climb to the top she realized she was almost paralysed. Her hands and feet are completely numb from the cold.

Yan Yun remembers how she started swallowing water and sinking lower and lower, suddenly she felt that something was trying to push her up.

This was a beluga that lived in this pool, named Mila.

Beluga realized that something had happened to the girl and rushed to help.

Mila very carefully tried to push the girl out of the water with her nose. The animal carefully took her paws into her mouth and turned her around until he pushed her out of the water.

It’s amazing that the whale realized the girl was drowning before people noticed.

Belugas are very sociable animals, they are curious about people, most often they try to communicate with people by swimming up to the glass of the aquarium.

Very often belugas try to spit at people behind the glass or at coaches. Scientists still do not fully understand why they do this, one of the hypotheses is that the whale is trying to blow dust off a person, because they are used to blowing sand off crustaceans on the seabed.

The organizers of the competition could not believe their eyes when they saw how a whale, holding a girl by the legs, was trying to lift her from the bottom of the pool.

The trainer says that Mila is a very intelligent animal, she shows herself very well in interaction with people.

Beluga whales are among the first cetaceans that learned to communicate with humans.

And the most amazing thing is that thanks to the special structure of the muscles of the face, belugas are able to smile.

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