photos by Viktor Lyagushkin (KNS News)
Adapted from the "Daily Mail Reporter" (June 16): Natalia Aveseenko, a 36-year-old Russian scientist, has taken it all off in the name of science. In a startling series of pictures published by Daily Mail Online, she is shown swimming nude with beautiful white beluga whales (also not wearing clothing), in water that reached minus 1.5 degrees Celcius. She studies their behavior and stripped naked to swim with her cetacean friends because many experts believe that these whales don't like to be touched by artificial materials, such as those in diving suits. Natalia, incidentally, is quite gorgeous herself, with a superb athletic body, and the photos are so beautiful, otherworldly, and classically composed, that they seem destined for a new type of art gallery.
There are more photos and the story here: The Princess of whales: How a naked female scientist tries to tame belugas in the freezing Arctic.