Beluga whale plays fetch with rugby ball

  • 08/11/2019

Amazing footage has been recorded of a beluga whale playing with a rugby ball, tossed for it by a group of people on a boat. 

The friendly beluga - which appears to be free, not a captive - brings the 2019 Rugby World Cup ball to the South Africans onboard the Gemini Craft, only to go and retrieve it for them when it's thrown out again.

The footage was posted online 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."

His post has been shared 30,000 times on Facebook at the time of publishing, while the video is being posted by countless other social media users.

Among the thousands of comments are people joking about the whale's ball handling skills and it being a "Wales supporter".