- Associated Press - Monday, May 23, 2011

ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta Falcons linebacker Curtis Lofton insists he isn’t bored by the NFL lockout.

But with just a few player-organized practice sessions scheduled, the Falcons‘ defensive captain took a dip in 52-degree water with beluga whales Monday afternoon.

Lofton says he never thought he would be in a tank “with belugas … no way.”

With the lockout nearly 70 days old and showing few signs of resolution in federal court, Lofton joined linebacker Coy Wire and defensive end Kroy Biermann in taking a preview of the Georgia Aquarium’s up-close experience with the whales.

While the Falcons don’t know when they’re going to report to work, the aquarium’s program opens to the public on June 1.