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Princess of whales: How a naked female scientist tries to tame belugas in the freezing Arctic

Braving sub-zero temperatures, she has thrown caution — and her clothes — to the wind to tame two beluga whales in a unique and controversial experiment.

Natalia Avseenko, 36, was persuaded to strip naked as marine experts believe belugas do not like to be touched by artificial materials such as diving suits.

The skilled Russian diver took the plunge as the water temperature hit minus 1.5 degrees Centigrade.

Belugas are famed for the way in which their faces are able to convey human-like expressions. Certainly Matrena and Nilma seemed to enjoy frolicking with Natalia.

The taming of the whales happened in the Murmansk Oblast region in the far north-west of Russia at the shore of the White Sea near the Arctic Circle branch of the Utrish Dophinarium.
An area of the sea is enclosed  to stop whales and dolphins getting out and instructors tame the mammals before they are transported to dolphinariums around the world — a practice many animal conservationists consider cruel.

Belugas have a small hump on their heads used for echo-location and it was thought that there would be more chance of striking up a rapport with them without clothes as a barrier.

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How brave she is! Kudos to her!

All these pics are extremely stunning and beautiful!

I think I'm getting shrinking just from the thought of jumping into that cold of water....

She is f-ing amazing. I mean, what better what to communicate with nature than be natural? She's also a beautiful woman. Grant it with beauty comes craziness because that water is COLD. Kudos for her having the balls (or lack thereof) to do something like that.

Wow... she definitely deserves the title "princess of wales"
Amazing lady, much respect for her!


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