Let's Make Sure the Beluga "Spy" Whale Doesn't End Up in the Wrong Hands

Well, it's official. The winner of this year's "Cutest Spy" award goes to the deadly adorable beluga whale who, overnight, has become one of the most famous animals in the world.

While out at sea, a fisherman near the northern port city of Tufjord, Norway, noticed something strange. A friendly beluga whale wearing a harness. One that could carry a mounted camera. Officials speculate that the cetacean is most likely part of a Russian spy program that perhaps got away.

Now authorities don't know what to do with this "defected spy" whale. Sign to make sure it doesn't go into the wrong hands.

Divers were able to get the harness off the beluga. But even though it was free, it wouldn't go. Now, the 3,000-pound whale has made the Tufjord his home, coming close to shore to play with the locals. He swims to the docks where he allows people to pet him. And just recently a video emerged of the beautiful creature returning someone's phone after it had fallen out of their hand into the sea.

This whale is clearly special, but while it may be comfortable around humans, swimming around a busy port, constantly coming to shore to play with people, probably isn't in its best interest. That's why we call on the Norwegian government to ensure the safety and survival of their new visitor. Ensure that it doesn't get into the wrong hands like the story of Morgan, the orca that was "rescued" by the Dutch Coast Guard. She is now forced to perform tricks for thousands of visitors a day at the notorious Loro Park.

Please sign and tell the Norwegian government that, whatever decision is made as to the fate of the "swimming spy", you want it to live a life free of captivity.
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