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Video: Beluga whale interacts with woman in Taiwan aquarium

What are you looking at? Playful beluga whale lunges forward every time zoo visitor approaches its tank

  • Huang Chunchun visited the Pingtung Sea Life Museum in southern Taiwan
  • She was standing by the glass of the aquarium when a beluga whale approached
  • Ms Chunchun described the encounter as the best experience of her entire life 

This is the hilarious moment a beluga whale appeared to tease visitors at an aquarium in southern Taiwan. 

Huang Chunchun was watching the large white whale in its tank when the mammal suddenly jerked towards her, making her jump backwards. 

When the woman returned to the window, the whale repeated its manoeuver, causing women and children out of shot to squeal with delight. 

Huang Chunchun

Huang Chunchun visited the Pingung Sea Life Museum in southern Taiwan where she had an encounter with the large Beluga whale

The mammal interacted with visitors for more than a minute at the popular aquarium in Pingtung County on May 3.

While amused zoo visitors watched, the creature pretended to move away but then turns back suddenly as if trying to startle Huang Chunchun.

It lunged at the woman while open it’s mouth as if to say ‘what are you looking at?’

The whale lingered in front of the viewing glass for almost a minute to entertain the visitors before swimming off on the other side of the aquarium.

Chunchun, whose friend recorded her encounter, said it was one of the most memorable encounters she had with a wildlife in the zoo.

She said: ‘I have been to Pingtung Sea Life Museum multiple times before but this was the most memorable encounter I had with a wildlife.

Huang Chunchun

Huang Chunchun

Ms  Chunchun, who interacted with the Beluga whale, said playing with the mammal was the best experience of her entire life

‘This whale played with me for quite some time. I don’t how it learned to do that. Everyone was happy to watch it play with me.’

Belugas are sociable mammals that live, hunt and migrate together in pods which range in size from a couple of whales to several hundred animals. 

Their bulbous forehead called a ‘melon’ is flexible and capable of changing shape.

Beluga whales have a relatively high intelligence that is equivalent to the level of children aged between three and five.

These lively and energetic animals are highly social creatures and love to play around every chance they get.

They enjoy interacting with humans and spitting water directly at people is their way of expressing friendly intentions.

Belugas, whose name originates from the Russian word ‘bielo’ meaning ‘white’, are typically born grey or even brown and gradually fade to white as they mature at around five years of age.