Belugas: Northern Mermaids – NG piece

White Whale (beluga)One more publication in National Geographic Magazine

There are not too many legends about white whales in this part of the world. People say that St Zosimus, the founder of the Solovetsky Monastery, sailed to the island on a beluga’s back. There is also a legend that speaks of sailors, out at sea for many months, would become mad and would see belugas as beautiful naked women. Here, specifically, began the myth of mermaids.

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