Dannel Malloy speaks at a news conference, while Juno the Beluga whale swims from the Alaskan Coast exhibit, at the Mystic Aquarium in Mystic, Conn., on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015. Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has found himself upstaged by a beluga whale during a tourism news conference at the Mystic Aquarium. Malloy was standing in front of the Alaskan Coast exhibit on Wednesday touting an increase in summer tourism in Connecticut when a whale named Juno swam over to the glass to watch the proceedings. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day via AP)
Governor photobombed by whale
September 14, 2015
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Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy found himself upstaged. It was by a beluga whale. It happened during a tourism news conference. It was held at the Mystic Aquarium.
Malloy was standing in front of the Alaskan Coast exhibit. He was talking about an increase in summer tourism in Connecticut. That is when a whale named Juno swam over. It appeared near the glass. It seemed to come over to watch.
The whale floated over the governor's shoulder. It pressed its head to the glass. Photographers recorded its antics. The whale became an Internet sensation in 2011. A video surfaced of it interacting with a mariachi band. The band was playing for a wedding at the aquarium.
Belugas are social animals. They communicate using assorted whistles and clicking sounds.
The governor says attendance at nearly two-dozen tourism sites surveyed by the state is up 5 percent over last year.
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