The seagull, unfortunately, didn’t seem to want to reciprocate the whale’s friendly advances — appearing more annoyed at his persistence than threatened by his being so close. Eventually, though, it seems she’d had enough.
“The bird was not hurt and flew away after,” Johansen said.
Since the beluga first showed up, some folks had been concerned that he’d be unable to care for himself, presuming that he’d actually been trained by humans. But, according to Johansen, who sees the whale from time to time, he seemed to be doing just fine — and is having a good time, too.
“He looks very healthy,” Johansen said. “And very playful.”