Braving subzero temperatures and underwater conditions, Natalia Avseenko, 36 threw away her inhibitions and her clothes to dive in with the Arctic Beluga whales, in an extremely interesting yet controversial experiment, trying to test the theory that the Beluga whales don’t like to be touched like diving suits, for example.
Natalia was under the freezing water for over 10 minutes.
Marine biologists have long been intrigued by the apparent repulsion exhibited by the Beluga whales towards artificial materials, but this was extremely hard to prove or disprove, so this is why the skilled Russian Natalia Avseenko, 36 took on this extremely dangerous task.
The average human would suffer severe hypothermic shock if left in that water for just five minutes, and after five minutes, there’s a considerable risk of dying. But Natalia was underwater for an unbelievable 10 minutes and 40 seconds! She was able to do this due to the fact that she is also a yoga expert, and used special breathing and body control techniques.
The two Belugas (Utrish Dophinarium) came in contact with Natalia in the Murmansk Oblast region of the White Sea near the Arctic Circle branch
There are around 100,000 belugas in the wild.