Rugby-playing Beluga whale loves Boks. But is it foul play?

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Rugby-playing Beluga whale loves Boks. But is it foul play?

FREE TO READ | SA crew is accused of getting too cosy with ‘spy’ whale

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The Springbok rugby team’s most remote fan is also the most mysterious – a former Russian “spy” whale with an ability to fetch floating rugby balls.

A video of a Beluga whale playing with SA crew members of a deep ocean research expedition has been viewed more than 20 million times on social media, prompting worldwide media attention.

But while the video is an international hit, a veil of secrecy obscures its origin, most likely due to a link with a reclusive Saudi Arabian sheikh and philanthropist...

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