Beluga whale plays fetch with boaters tossing rugby ball

A beluga whale was recorded playing with a rugby ball being tossed by a group of people on a boat.

The footage was recorded by Alon Kowen, who captioned it: “Beluga Whale celebrating the Springboks victory somewhere close to the South Pole! Spot the Cape Town build Gemini Craft and the South African accents.”

In the video, the friendly beluga brings the 2019 Rugby World Cup ball to the South Africans on board the Gemini Craft, only to go and retrieve it for them when it’s thrown out again.

The beluga whale is an Arctic and sub-Arctic cetacean. It is one of two members of the family Monodontidae, along with the narwhal, and the only member of the genus Delphinapterus.