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Rob Wilson

Final Abstract for URS Program

In April of 2019, a beluga whale was found off the coast of Norway. The whale’s presence there is perplexing, as beluga whales are not often seen in the area. What is even more strange is the fact that the whale was wearing a mysterious harness and seemed to be tame. Nobody has officially claimed ownership of the whale, and nobody really knows why the whale is in Norway. Most importantly however, nobody knows what the whale's real mission is. Conspiracy theorists have proposed that the whale, dubbed Hvaldimir, is a trained Russian spy who escaped and abandoned his mission. Other people have argued that Hvaldimir is a therapy whale who wants to help people. Four years later, the Norwegian authorities still have many questions about Hvaldimir’s origins, but very few definitive answers.

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