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, where 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 and 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 (48)
  • mollyve-Sch
    9/14/2015 - 10:21 a.m.

    Governor get photobombed by a whale, Governor Dannel P. Mallory went to a Alaskan coast and then a whale named Juno because belugas whale are social animals.

  • jasminpd-1-ols
    9/14/2015 - 12:46 p.m.

    This whale has helped the governor by making more people come to the meetings. The people have seen the video of the whale and the governor and wanted to see it. The whale is so cute so they go to the place and visit.

  • laneys-1-ols
    9/14/2015 - 12:46 p.m.

    The whale helped him become kinda famous because the pictures went viral on the web. The video went viral , as the whale pushed its head against the glass.

  • karlees-1-ols
    9/14/2015 - 12:48 p.m.

    This whale helped the governor, because the whale was an internet sensation. He helped Connecticut, by drawing attention to the aquarium, and it helped increase sales by 5%.

  • daizypd-ols
    9/14/2015 - 12:48 p.m.

    The whale helped the governor and Connecticut by drawing attention to what he was talking about.

  • briannar-1-ols
    9/14/2015 - 12:49 p.m.

    I think that it is funny that the whale photobombed the governor of Connecticut. He was touting an increase in summer tourism when a whale swam over to the glass to watch.

  • amelianaa-ols
    9/14/2015 - 12:50 p.m.

    The whale helped the governor and the state because the photobomb made the picture popular. The popular picture drew attention towards the governor and the state.

  • mckaylas-1-ols
    9/14/2015 - 12:52 p.m.

    The whale helped the governor and state of Connecticut by drawing attention towards the conference the governor held. The Whale had managed to draw tourist into the exhibits and make more money.

  • briannar-1-ols
    9/14/2015 - 12:53 p.m.

    I think that it is funny that the whale photobombed the governor of Connecticut. He was touting an increase in summer tourism when a whale swam over to the glass to watch.?
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  • jacksonh-ols
    9/14/2015 - 02:59 p.m.

    The whale helped him buy drawing attention to the to the things the governor was talking about. It also helped the area with tourists.

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