"About 25 years ago we were in a Turkish Village on the shores of the Black Sea," writes Pamela Putland of Papakura. "A young man at the bus station said to us 'Have you heard of Eiden the white whale?'
"Yes we had, because it was reported in New Zealand papers that this whale had swum across the Black Sea from Russia. The Russians had come and taken the whale back. But exclaimed our informant: 'He escaped again and swam back to the same village harbour.'
"This time the Russians gave up so the villagers raised money to