WATCH: Beluga whale photobombs Conn. governor during press conference

(WVIT/NBC) — A beluga whale stole the spotlight during a press event with Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy.

The governor visited Connecticut’s Mystic Aquarium on Wednesday, where he toured the facility’s animal rescue clinic and discussed travel in the state ahead of Labor Day Weekend.

But “Juno the Beluga” couldn’t let the governor have all of the attention. As Governor Malloy addressed a crowd in front of Juno’s tank, the Alaskan Coast exhibit, the whale swam up behind him, hovering over his shoulder. At one point, Juno even seemed to play to the crowd, pressing his face against the glass.

It’s not the first time the whale has been playful with Mystic Aquarium visitors — 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.

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