A beluga whale, Delphinapterus leucas, eyes a diver a few feet away as it swims under ice at the Arctic circle Dive Center in the White Sea
They don’t get visitors in these parts that often.
That’s because these beluga whales live under three feet of ice in the freezing waters of northern Russia’s White Sea.
But when some underwater photographers arrived, they certainly weren’t shy – as these stunning images show. The whales are not endangered but under threat from pollution and loss of habitat. (Pics)