Beluga Whale saves drowning Diver


A beluga whale saved a drowning diver by hoisting her to the surface, carrying her leg in its mouth.

Sweet Rescue

Terrified Yang Yun thought she was going to die when her legs were paralysed by crippling cramps in arctic temperatures.

She had been taking part in a free diving contest WITHOUT any breathing equipment.

Competitors had to sink to the bottom of an aquarium’s 20ft arctic pool and stay there for as long as possible amid the beluga whales at..north east China.

But when Yun, 26, tried to head to the surface she struggled to move her legs.

Lucky Yun said: “I began to choke and sank even lower and I thought that was it for me – I was dead. Until I felt this incredible force under me driving me to the surface.”

Beluga whale Mila had spotted her difficulties and using her sensitive dolphin-like nose guided Yun safely to the surface.


Beluga whales. Woohoo.

Beluga actually means “white one” in Russian. Ohhh, how un-PC of them. Ha.fishani

Belugas are toothed whales and have 34 teeth. But their teeth are not designed for chewing just for grabbing and tearing at their prey. They actually swallow their prey whole. Yum. fishhani

Belugas happen to be extremely social animals and congregate in what’s known as “pods” . They hang out in social groups of 2-25 whales, with both males and females. Sounds kinda like us eh?


How the Chinese organized a competition in which divers had to sink to the bottom of a freezing, arctic pool and stay down for as long as they can without breathing equipment…Well, that’s a whole other story.cold-ani

But hey… at least we can comfort ourselves that compassion and empathy is still an ancient mammalian trait that, even though not evidenced too often by our fellow humans…. is occasionally shown by other animal species.

Go Mila!



16 Responses to “Beluga Whale saves drowning Diver”

  1. Red says:

    AW! What an awesome story! Thanks for posting this. Dolphins and Whales are awesome!

  2. KarL M says:

    I still miss Flipper and of course FREE WILLY..
    Thanks Angel for the feel good story, what a change from whats going on…outside the water!!!!

  3. Dr. Dave says:

    I don’t suppose “Buy that whale some plankton” would be a good marketing message for any underwarter whale bars.

    Yeah…I didn’t think so either.

  4. blackandgoldfan says:

    Love dolphins and whales also. Such wonderful and intelligent creatures.

    At least we know that Mila doesn’t work for the Chinese government. If she did, she would’ve let that poor girl drown for the sake of population control.

  5. Andrew33 says:

    Thank goodness it wasn’t one of those lazy black whales because one of those would have invited that diver to a Beer fest at the white coral reef.

  6. Andrew33 says:

    My above comment was not intended to insult whales or dolphins in any way. I live an hour drive from seaworld and I have sen firsthand how intelligent they are. My love of wildlife is not limited to wild species of cats that I keep around the house here. Having now 2 wild animals (smaller wild cats) as pets and spending time around other wild animals as I have done has taught me that they are so much smarter than people think.

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  8. left coast rebel says:

    Amazing story and a nice break from the usual depressing socialist march stuff that we have been suffering through lately……

  9. Always On Watch says:

    I hear that these beautiful creatures are quite intelligent — as well as being compassionate.

  10. cbullitt says:

    If Beluga means “white one,” then why do they call caviar beluga when it is anything but white. It’s like women wearing evening gowns to night clubs–shouldn’t they wear night gowns?
    These are the deep, troubling questions of our time, Angel.

    Nice digs. Thanks for stopping by earlier.

  11. T&P says:

    What a very good story. So loving this whale! Specially if you compare it with some humans… :lol:

  12. Andrew33 says:

    Yes women wear nightgowns to nighclubs now. If they didn’t pay $2 Grand for it they don’t get let in too. Here in S.Florida, I am in nightclub “heaven” or “hell.” About 6 years ago the clubs started doing the “velvet rope” crap when all the big name hollywood stars figured out S.Florida had such a huge nightclub scene. It changed practically overnight from average people and everybody getting in for 5-10$ to 30$+ tipping the bouncer at the door if you are with a movie star or pro athlete. My clubbing days are long over anyways but that velvet rope crap reminds me too much of Hollywood elitism at it’s worst and believe me I HATE Hollywood and the sewage it puts out. I have been boycotting ABC, NBC and C(the)BS excluding sports for several years now.

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  14. Bunni says:

    Awww, that is the sweetest story, and the cute whale at the end, he’s smiling at us! These wonderful creatures are WAY more loving and compassionate than the liberals who are ruining our way of life.

  15. MK says:

    Wow, just wow, thanks for sharing that Angel.

  16. Dr. Dave says:

    Thanks for the suggestion today, Angel. I went ahead and added the video from Rockwell’s “Somebody’s Watchin’ Me” to the bottom of my post. Great call.