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Beluga Whale

Dolphins and beluga whales have been seen blowing bubble rings and swimming through them. “It appears to happen much more commonly in captivity,” said Balcombe. “That may shed light on why they do it: to relieve boredom. Another theory is that it’s play. Those aren’t mutually exclusive. My gut feeling is that it’s stimulating for them. If you don’t see it in the wild, that suggests it’s one of the games they come up with in captivity.”

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