Editor's Note: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that the encounter with the beluga whale took place near the South Pole.
A beluga whale near the Arctic Circle delighted a group of South African rugby fans passing through recently by playing fetch with them.
A video posted on Facebook Wednesday shows one of the fans throwing a 2019 Rugby World Cup ball in the whale’s direction. To their surprise, the whale swims to it and brings it back to the boaters.
The whale retrieved the ball more than once.
Belugas are playful and smart animals that like to spit water at other whales and humans, according to the conservation nonprofit Oceana.