Tom and Una’s life in the Russian Traveling Dolphinarium started approximately five years ago, when they were captured in the Sea of Okhotsk off the coast of Russia, Fedorova explained. Since then, they’ve been forced to travel from city to city to perform in SeaWorld-like shows along with seals and dolphins.
“They do pretty basic staff, like jump to touch a ball, wave to the public or carry a trainer,” Fedorova said. In other instances, the belugas may be given a paintbrush to paint on a canvas, or made to go to the edge of the pool to “kiss” visitors for photos. In one photo, a seal can be seen riding on top of a beluga.