Two whales have been tamed in the Arctic Circle, by a female scientist who stripped off and went underwater naked.
Thirty-six-year-old Natalia Avseenko braved sub-zero temperatures to reach the beluga whales in northern Russia because the species dislike artificial clothing like diving suits.
It’s reported that Natalia used meditation techniques to stay underwater at -1.5°C (29.3°F) for more than ten minutes in the Murmansk Oblast region of the White Sea. Her dive is all the more extraordinary because the average human can only last five minutes in freezing water before dying.
There are approximately 100,000 beluga whales in the sea. Also known as white whales, they are capable of swimming backwards and can live for more than 50 years.