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Beluga Whales are Ready for Their Close-Ups


Some pretty awesome shots of Beluga whales at the Arctic Circle Dive Center, a whale sanctuary in northern Russia:

"Arctic diver and photographer, Franco Banfi, 58, who captured these shots said: 'When a whale comes up to us and swims by, it looks you right in the eyes. Obviously we don't know what they think, but they are very curious creatures. Sometimes, I'm sure they're trying to figure out what we are and where we came from."


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  1. I love Beluga whales! [There, TANK, I said it.] They're so improbable and cute. Thanks for posting these Andy.

    Posted by: David R. | Jan 19, 2010 2:03:34 PM

  2. These are adorable, but why do I suddenly have the urge to eat some s'mores?

    Posted by: Drew | Jan 19, 2010 2:22:45 PM

  3. That is a thing of great beauty.

    Posted by: elcamino | Jan 19, 2010 2:26:41 PM

  4. Haha! "Improbable" is such a cute and great way of describing them.

    Awesome pictures.

    Posted by: rafi | Jan 19, 2010 2:28:18 PM

  5. Let's not forget Allya! I'll never get sick of this:

    Posted by: K | Jan 19, 2010 4:17:58 PM

  6. shining like beluga, beluga! (J. Sieberry)

    Posted by: David B. 2 | Jan 19, 2010 4:58:56 PM

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