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Female Russian scientist plunges n*ked in freezing Arctic to tame belugas

June 16, 2011 - London

A Russian scientist diver is taming belugas in the freezing Arctic in the nude, as it is believed that the white whales do not like to be touched by artificial materials such as diving suits.

Natalia Avseenko, 36, took the plunge as the water temperature hit minus 1.5 degrees Centigrade, the Daily Mail reports.

The taming of the whales took place in the Murmansk Oblast region in the far north-west of Russia on the shores of the White Sea near the Arctic Circle branch of the Utrish Dophinarium.

An average human could die if left in sub-zero temperature sea water for just five minutes, but Avseenko is a yoga expert and used meditation techniques to hold her breath and stay under water for an incredible ten minutes and 40 seconds.

Belugas are known for the way in which their faces are able to convey human-like expressions, due to a more flexible bone structure. This unique feature has made them a hit in aquariums around the world.


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