Russian Spy Whale Found by Norwegians Off the Arctic Coast

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Russian Spy Whale Found by Norwegians Off the Arctic Coast

Sierra Hurson, Journalist

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A Beluga whale, with a harness from Russia, found off of the coast of Norway, is assumed to be property and trained by the Russian navy. The Beluga whale was found by a fisherman from Norway. The whale’s harness had a GoPro camera attached with a label from St. Petersburg. Prof Audun Rikardsen, a marine biologist, mentioned that a fellow Russian scientist told him that the kit attached to the whale’s harness was not a conventional kit that Russian scientists would use, contributing to the theory that the whale is indeed property of the Russian military. The whale approached Norwegian boats repeatedly that were located off of an Arctic Island, Ingoya, about 258 miles away from where Russia’s Northern Fleet is stationed at Murmansk. Rikardsen stated that the harness, “was attached really tightly round its head, in front of its pectoral fins and had clips.” Rikardsen also mentioned that even though a GoPro was attached to the harness, the camera in it was in fact missing. Rikardsen explained that “belugas, like dolphins and killer whales, are quite intelligent- they are Arctic animals and quite social, they can be trained like a dog.” Training animals for military purposes is not a new practice. The US Navy during the Cold War created a special program for training sea lions as well as dolphins. This program is called The US Navy Marine Mammal Program, which is based in San Diego. They train California sea lions and bottlenose dolphins to locate dangerous objects and mines on the ocean floor.