[Beluga Thinks: "I'll Show THESE Kids."]

You’re a big ol’ Blorp, floatin’ along at the Mystic Aquarium, and you’ve had quite enough of little ankle biters waving at you and pounding on the glass. So whadya do? Give ‘em a taste of their own medicine. (Fun starts @ :52.)

Comments

  1. That is some serious side-eye at the end!

  2. Wow. I would really like to know what that behavior meant. Was it being playful and going Boo? Maybe imitating what it had seen kids do at the glass? My mom swam with belugas at that water theme park, but they were all trained to do cute things like give kisses.

  3. Nooooooo whales in captivity is so uncool. Not cute.

  4. @kodalai I was gonna say that! :-)

  5. Jenny Islander says:

    I seriously think that aquarium mammals think of those underwater windows as video games. When my oldest was a toddler, we went to the Seattle Aquarium. The sea otters had just gotten their lunch, prawns frozen in blocks of ice. One of them decided to swim down and bang his ice block against the Plexiglas right in front of her face. She just about exploded with glee, and the otter came back and did it again and again, even though he had to go chasing after his prawns when they fell out of the ice.

  6. why do parents think it’s cute to let kids bang on the glass?

  7. I don’t think whales should be in captivity either Abby, but that made me laugh so hard! Those kids freaked out! and maybe they will reconsider banging on the glass now…And yes Kodalai, the side-eye at the end was the best!

  8. Blue Footed Booby says:

    That beluga might be my spirit animal. It seems to enjoy tormenting children as much as I do! :V

    I love when he squishes his head-melon against the glass. It looks so silly.

  9. I do love a beluga with a sense of humor. :)

    And I agree with phoenix in that it’s shameful for parents to allow their kids to bang on the glass. Some respect for those lovely creatures, please!

  10. As I understand it, this Beluga also blows bubbles from his blow hole, and mostly plays with the children. Just like the Octopuss’ Garden

  11. That was precious! I love the interaction with the humans, so it shows their intelligence and creativity. I know that the Mystic Aquarium is one of the top ones in the nation, so kudos to them for having such happy belugas! :D

  12. Thank you, Phoenix! My thoughts exactly. I don’t go to zoos or aquariums any more because it really irritates me to see adults, not just children, waving, banging on glass — doing whatever they can — to try to get animals to respond to them. As if by visiting the facility they are somehow entitled to personally interact with wildlife. (And don’t get me started on feeding animals despite signs telling them not to.)

  13. they weren’t even banging the glass, you guys, if you think this is “banging on the glass” you’ve obviously never been to the aquarium around kids. maybe he was agitated, maybe he was playing, i don’t know and neither do you. but it sure does look like happiness to me :) i agree that they shouldn’t be in captivity but the children are blameless here, so please just stop.

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