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Wild Beluga Takes A Moment To Play Catch With A 2-Year-Old

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When a wild beluga appeared approached Mary's Harbor in Newfoundland, one small onlooker was particularly curious about the magnificent creature.

Kallie Gardner, age 2, was intrigued by the cetacean and tossed a ball into the water to see how the beluga would react.

Lo and behold, the whale actually dunked the ball under the water and popped it back.

Such behavior is actually quite common in wild belugas, as they are very curious about human activity. While belugas may display behavior in captivity that some misinterpret as "playful," they can become stressed when relegated to life in a tank, which is why they are considered to be unsuited for life in confinement.

You can watch the interaction below (original video has no sound):