Badass Of The Week: Naked Female Scientist Braves Arctic Water To Swim With Whales

Scientists have discovered that beluga whales are nudists when it comes to humans; the Daily Mail reports that the giant sea mammals don’t like being touched by “artificial materials” like diving suits. That’s why when Russian scientist and diver Natalia Avseenko, 36, decided to swim with them, she agreed to strip down completely naked.

Granted, she’s training them for captivity, which I’m not particularly cool with, but there’s no arguing that she’s a badass for doing what she did. Avseenko took the suggestion of her fellow trainers and doffed her clothing completely in order to be with the whales in a way that made them comfortable, while braving Arctic waters that were just over 29 degrees farenheit. Most humans would die within five minutes of being submerged, but Avseenko, who is also a yoga and meditation expert, was able not only to survive but to hold her breath for over ten minutes while frolicing in the buff with these underseas behemoths.

And yes, that’s a real picture.

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    • Lindsey

      I flashed a beluga whale once at an aquarium and it spent five minutes swimming near me and whistling/squeaking at me every time it came up for air. I’m pretty sure whales love tits.

    • Shae

      Wow. Respect. Also, HOLY CRAP. That must have been painfully cold.

    • Jeff

      @Lindsey – Who doesn’t

    • Aleina

      Great effort.Keep it up.Roberta Mancino can do this.

    • Christina

      Couldn’t she just wear a regular swimming suit that left her legs and arms bare? Does she need to full-body-hug to train the whales?

    • greg

      Wow 10 minutes underwater. And a slim chick being in below freezing water- that’s like being soaking wet and inside a freezer. I woulda died *shrug*

    • Paul

      Very interesting Lindsey. Maybe the sonar echo from human breasts is similar to the one from a female whale’s mammaries. Are you sure it wasn’t an aquarium employee in a whale costume?

    • missy

      stunning photo!