Kayakers Have Amazing Close Encounter With Beluga Whales In Norway

NewsflarePublished: August 30, 2017107 views
Published: August 30, 2017

A cool video has emerged from Spitsbergen, Norway of some kayakers having a close encounter with a group of beautiful beluga whales.

The kayakers were paddling close to Tempelfjorden on August 11 when the pod of white whales surfaced all around them. The adventurers managed to record some stunning underwater footage of the curious whales examining their kayaks.

"The best experience in our life," the filmer wrote online.

Belugas are gregarious creatures and form groups of up to 10 animals on average, although during the summer, they can gather in their hundreds or even thousands.

Svalbard, known prior to 1925 by its Dutch name Spitsbergen, which means "jagged mountains", is a Norwegian archipelago in the Arctic Ocean. Situated north of mainland Europe, it is about midway between continental Norway and the North Pole. The largest island is Spitsbergen, followed by Nordaustlandet and EdgeĆøya.

The archipelago features an Arctic climate. Svalbard is a breeding ground for many seabirds, and also features polar bears, reindeer, the Arctic fox, and certain marine mammals, like the beluga. Seven national parks and twenty-three nature reserves cover two-thirds of the archipelago, protecting the largely untouched, yet fragile, natural environment. Approximately 60% of the archipelago is covered with glaciers, and the islands feature many mountains and fjords. (source: Wikipedia)

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