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Arctic Belugas Tamed By Naked Swimming Russian Scientist

06/16/2011 07:34 pm ET | Updated Nov 15, 2011

Call her Natalia. Her story is like Ishmael's in "Moby Dick," but with more nudity and fewer harpoons and peg legs.

Natalia Avseenko, a Russian scientist, allegedly stripped naked and swam with two white whales in the Arctic to tame them before they were sent to an aquarium.

Her frigid tale was reported in the Daily Mail , which said she survives the dangerously cold waters through meditation and her background in yoga.

It's necessary for her to bathe au naturale, because marine biologists believe the beluga whales do not like to be touched by artificial materials, the Mail reported.

The aquatic ballet took place in the Murmansk Oblast of the White Sea off the coast of Russia, the British tabloid said.

With sub-freezing temperatures at -1.5 Celsius or 29.5 Fahrenheit, the Daily Mail claimed that Avseenko held her breath underwater for more than 10 minutes.

Yet the newspaper didn't report what she did during the icy encounter to domesticate the mammals for their future lives in captivity.

Naked Female Scientist Swims With Whales
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