In a recent video, a young beluga whale swims to the side of his tank as a group of children watch through the glass. When the beluga reaches the wall, he bumps his head against the glass. A moment later, he throws up. “Ewww,” a child cries as the water clouds with the beluga’s regurgitated food.
The video was shot last week by a visitor to Marineland, a controversial marine park in Niagara Falls, Canada. Phil Demers, former senior whale trainer at the park, is not surprised by the events — chronic regurgitation is a common issue for captive animals, and Demers believes that this beluga whale was either sick or highly stressed.