A beluga whale was found last week in the Arctic Ocean off the northern Norwegian coast. Otherwise not an unusual event, but this particular cetacean wore a harness. Its proximity to Russia sparked rumors the animal had been recruited as a spy.
Another theory, however, soon surfaced. Some surmised “Hvaldimir” was an escapee from a marine facility “for underprivileged children.” This notion gained credibility when the whale retrieved a tourist’s cell phone she had accidentally dropped in the water.
“We assumed it would be gone forever,” said Ina Mansika. “The whale is so kind.”
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