Governor photobombed by whale 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)
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Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has found himself upstaged by a beluga whale. It happened during a tourism news conference at the Mystic Aquarium.
 
Malloy was standing in front of the Alaskan Coast exhibit. He was touting an increase in summer tourism in Connecticut. That's when a whale named Juno swam over to the glass to watch.
 
The whale hovered over the governor's shoulder. It pressed its head to the glass as photographers recorded its antics. The whale became an Internet sensation in 2011 after a video surfaced of it interacting with a mariachi band playing for a wedding at the aquarium.
 
Belugas are social animals and communicate using assorted whistles and clicking sounds.
 
The governor says attendance at nearly two-dozen venues surveyed by the state is up 5 percent over last year.

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COMMENTS (138)
  • jordynm-pay
    9/14/2015 - 11:20 a.m.

    This is so tuching to my heart.

  • allisons-1-sch
    9/14/2015 - 11:34 a.m.

    Prediction- I thought that the whale was going to photobomb a picture, and make a smile face or something like that. He actually just went up to the glass and just watched.

  • Jason0421-YYCA
    9/14/2015 - 12:34 p.m.

    I think that it is interesting for a beluga whale to have been trying to interact with Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malley. I think that it is really amusing from how a beluga whale thinks that humans are there friends. I believe that beluga whales are really well-behaved whales since they were also kind to a mariachi band.

  • shaylab-dav
    9/14/2015 - 01:11 p.m.

    I think it helpde show what the whale does in social activites

  • mayab-dav
    9/14/2015 - 01:16 p.m.

    I think that this article is very funny and I want to see this whale. This whale looks really cute and I want to see it.

  • andreal-1-dav
    9/14/2015 - 01:17 p.m.

    The whale was photobombing a governer hile speaking in an aquarium then the whale just showed up by his shoulder and it became a sensation.

  • mikec-1-dav
    9/14/2015 - 01:18 p.m.

    Because the video was on the internet. So every one saw the video.

  • bransynp-pay
    9/14/2015 - 02:41 p.m.

    FUNNY

  • colek-1-bar
    9/14/2015 - 07:53 p.m.

    This helped the governor and Connecticut by when people put the funny whale on youtube, they also got the speech of the governor too. Since the videos have had so many views, that means that many people heard the governors speech as well. This would then help the governors campaign, which was all accomplished by a whale interested in the humans outside his tank and the governor's politics.

  • Eric0221-YYCA
    9/14/2015 - 10:21 p.m.

    I think that it was kind of funny though because a Beluga whale was seeing the whole people right behind the governor which might have been an Internet sensation in 2011 which made the speech even more interesting to people. The beluga whale didn't know that it is making the conference even more interested to people who were watching at Mystic Aquarium or on the television whom will get interested in the conference meeting.

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