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Beluga whale found wearing Russian harness


Posted on Monday, 29 April, 2019 | Comment icon 9 comments

Has Russia been using beluga whales for military purposes ? Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 Greg Dunlap
The whale, which was spotted off the coast of Norway, is thought to have escaped from a Russian military facility.
The tame sea mammal was brought to the attention of the Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries after it approached a fishing vessel in Arctic waters last week in an apparent attempt to get food.

Its Russian origins were inferred from the harness strap which reads 'Equipment St. Petersburg.'

Professor Audun Rikardsen from the Arctic University of Norway in Tromsoe believes that the whale may have a connection to one of the military facilities at Murmansk on Russia's Kola Peninsula.

While Russia has been known to have run military programs involving dolphins, this is the first time that anyone has found evidence to suggest that it may also be experimenting with beluga whales.

The harness itself, which has a mount for a camera, was removed from the whale on Friday.

"This is a tame animal that is used to getting food served so that is why it has made contact with the fishermen," said Prof Rikardsen. "The question is now whether it can survive by finding food by itself."


Source: ABC.net.au | Comments (9)

Tags: Beluga Whale, Russia

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Jon the frog on 29 April, 2019, 15:56
Shark with laser, Beluga with gopro! That's a great combo!
Comment icon #2 Posted by AllPossible on 29 April, 2019, 17:45
He was being trained to interfere with the next 2020 US election.
Comment icon #3 Posted by 3.0 on 29 April, 2019, 20:40
Free Willy!
Comment icon #4 Posted by pallidin on 29 April, 2019, 22:36
Several nations, including the U.S., Russia and China have for decades experimented with training and applying both monitoring and explosive devices on various aquatic creatures; specifically the dolphin species, and sea lions.
Comment icon #5 Posted by LucidElement on 30 April, 2019, 3:08
That is interesting that they train whales to guard the bases. Had no idea.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Hawken on 30 April, 2019, 7:40
Maybe it's heading towards Wales.
Comment icon #7 Posted by openozy on 30 April, 2019, 9:46
Was Jason Momoa riding it?
Comment icon #8 Posted by Robotic Jew on 30 April, 2019, 19:28
I don't understand why Aquaman has hair...
Comment icon #9 Posted by openozy on 30 April, 2019, 22:23
And heaps of it,the lucky b-----d


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