In the latest animal news, a friendly beluga whale who’s become a celebrity in Norway.
Known for his amicable nature, Hvaldimir’s been swimming the Norwegian coast since 2019, often spotted playing with boat-goers and grazing on surplus fish at farms.
However, locals have been advised to “avoid contact” with Hvaldimir to avoid accidentally injuring or killing it.
With his recent move into the inner Oslofjord, a densely populated area, the Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries has expressed concern.
The risk of injury due to increased human contact, particularly from boats, has heightened significantly.
Despite Hvaldimir being a protected species and used to human company, Fisheries Director Frank Bakke-Jensen has urged the public to keep their distance to prevent accidental injury or, in the worst-case scenario, the whale’s death.
This article by Josie Fu was first published by OneGreenPlanet on 28 May 2023.
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