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Science Writer Brings The True (And Tragic) Story Behind The Viral Beluga Whale Seen Playing "Fetch"

A clip first shared on November 7 that shows South African rugby fans playing "fetch" with a beluga whale was quick to capture the hearts of many, but it also raised questions and speculation about the mammal and its nature. Science writer @ferrisjabr shared some additional context and background, arguing that the whale is "likely Hvaldimir, a once captive whale who may have escaped a Russian military program."

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beluga whale smile squee spree under water - 6583346176
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Bye-bye squeedorable Beluga Whales! I hope we get to see your smiling faces again real soon!

- Sally Squeeps

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Adult Beluga Whales are already super squee, but nothing beats a tiny, round, squeedorable baby Beluga Whale calf!

- Sally Squeeps

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I think that Beluga Whales could win the award for sweetest smile of the sea!

- Sally Squeeps

beluga whale dolphin face off ocean squee spree versus - 6570013952
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On this week's Squee Spree versus we have a face off between two cute marine mammals, the Beluga Whale and the Dolphin. Who do you squeeps think is the squeest creature of the deep blue sea?

Vote in the comments and be sure to check back Monday to see who won!

- Sally Squeeps

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This Beluga Whale is auditioning to be the band's new maraca player!