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    Swimming at -1.5degC: How a naked female scientist tame's belugas in the arctic

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...es-arctic.html

    Braving sub-zero temperatures, she has thrown caution ? and her clothes ? to the wind to tame two beluga whales in a unique and controversial experiment.

    Natalia Avseenko, 36, was persuaded to strip naked as marine experts believe belugas do not like to be touched by artificial materials such as diving suits.

    The skilled Russian diver took the plunge as the water temperature hit minus 1.5 degrees Centigrade.

    Belugas are famed for the way in which their faces are able to convey human-like expressions. Certainly Matrena and Nilma seemed to enjoy frolicking with Natalia.

    The taming of the whales happened in the Murmansk Oblast region in the far north-west of Russia at the shore of the White Sea near the Arctic Circle branch of the Utrish Dophinarium.

    An area of the sea is enclosed to stop whales and dolphins getting out and instructors tame the mammals before they are transported to dolphinariums around the world ? a practice many animal conservationists consider cruel.

    Belugas have a small hump on their heads used for echo-location and it was thought that there would be more chance of striking up a rapport with them without clothes as a barrier.

    The average human could die if left in sub-zero temperature sea water for just five minutes.

    However, Natalia is a yoga expert and used meditation techniques to hold her breath and stay under water for an incredible ten minutes and 40 seconds.

    There are around 100,000 belugas in the wild.

    The first to be held in captivity was shown at Barnum's Museum in New York in 1861, and there are belugas in aquariums and sea life parks across Europe, North America and Asia.

    Their large range of 'facial expressions' comes from them having a more flexible bone structure than other whales.

    Certainly these two had a big smile for the naked Natalia.


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    Re: Swimming at -1.5degC: How a naked female scientist tame's belugas in the arctic

    I have been in water at this temp u would not believe how difficult it is to concentrate on what u have to do and the adjustments u are required to make in order to make it to where u want to go intense just doesn`t❤describe❤it well enough. Trying to control your breathing and heart rate while focusing on swimming your body is screaming at you❤


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    Re: Swimming at -1.5degC: How a naked female scientist tame's belugas in the arctic

    Yet this lass manages it for 10 minutes...

    I am thinking of Anastasia in the Ringing Cedars - nude chick in a Russian Forest, taking her morning swim etc.

    Our physical bodies can do a lot more than science gives credit for.


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    Re: Swimming at -1.5degC: How a naked female scientist tame's belugas in the arctic

    This is incredible not only that she is able too hold her breath for ten minutes, but survive.

    In the North Sea (not the artic sea) they reckon you have two minutes before you loose your strength, and are unconscious in four minutes. Even with an immersion suit it’s only forty minutes at best!

    I like the picture of her on the ice with her colleagues all dressed up in winter gear, very striking.

    Good for her.


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    Re: Swimming at -1.5degC: How a naked female scientist tame's belugas in the arctic

    Great story ...though the ending made me a little angry.

    If i understood correctly...These belugas are being "tamed" so they can be sold to aquariums .

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    Re: Swimming at -1.5degC: How a naked female scientist tame's belugas in the arctic

    Quote Originally Posted by C?line View Post
    Great story ...though the ending made me a little angry.

    If i understood correctly...These belugas are being "tamed" so they can be sold to aquariums .
    Yes, that part wrecked it. Had this been for some noble cause like conservation, it would have been 10/10.


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