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Is This Beluga Whale Actually a Russian Spy?

Posted May 04, 2019 12:00 AM by M-ReeD
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In news that quite simply makes Norwegian fishermen sound…well…paranoid, comes word that a Beluga whale outfitted with a Russian-made harness is a Russian spy.

According to reports, Norwegian fishermen fishing in Arctic Norway last week discovered a Beluga whale outfitted with a harness that contained text reading: “Equipment St. Petersburg.” The Beluga swam around the men for a number of days before the fishermen entered the icy waters to remove the harness, concluding that the harness was once a mount for an action camera.

Though it wasn’t immediately clear what the Beluga might be trained for, it raised alarms when it (leaned intently in the direction of the boat to listen in on the fishermen) began to rub up against the fishermen’s boat.

“This is a tame animal that is used to get food served so that is why it has made contacts with the fishermen,” explained Audun Rikardsen, a professor at the Department of Arctic and Marine Biology at the Arctic University of Norway in Tromsoe, northern Norway. “The question is now whether it can survive by finding food by itself.”

With major military facilities located in and around Murmansk on the nearby Kola Peninsula, some suggest that the whale was most likely (on leave) from the Russian Navy in Murmansk.

Though it is unclear if the whale is part of some training effort with the Russian military, the Soviet Union reportedly once trained whales for the purpose of searching for mines and other objects in nearby waters.

This is not the first time the Russian Defense Ministry attempted to procure marine life for unclear intentions. Back in 2016, the organization reportedly published a public tender to purchase five dolphins with “good teeth” for an unspecified training program.

Source: Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries

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05/04/2019 12:15 AM

Probably looking for giant caviar....yuk yuk

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05/04/2019 7:49 AM

I think it's a Russian version of Free Willie, either set free or escaped.

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05/05/2019 2:11 PM

That's OK we're training Narwhals as defensive weapons against the Beluga....

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05/10/2019 3:48 PM

It must be true. A fairy tale begins with "Once upon a time" and a sea story begins with "This ain't no $h1t. Neither of those phrases are in this article.

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05/13/2019 3:30 AM

So did anyone fit a tracker to spy on the free Russian spy? Anyone know where it has gone? To a new pod or back to Russian HQ to pass over the gathered intelligence? Interesting to know if anyone knows.

'Hi Vlad, we found your missing Beluga, we fed it and sent it on its way. Has it arrived back yet? Drop us an email here at CR4, we are concerned'.

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05/13/2019 9:09 AM

If Vlad was one of the Narwhals shown in Solar Eagle's picture, he could be Vlad the Impaler.

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05/13/2019 2:04 PM

I had a word with my pal Vladimir today. He says the Beluga is a renegade agent and working for the CIA. It had stopped the fishermen to get directions to Washington DC, so as to speak to Donald about refugee status, in trade for some info on N Korea. On his way to freedom Mr. Beluga, his official spy code name, had gather intel on ISIL while lost in Syria and wanted to trade this for a green card and refugee status in Florida. I hope he made his way OK, he could have been given bad directions and possible be dealing with the Brits and sorting out Brexit, and that might not be a bad idea and plan. They seriously need help from some independent. So if you see Mr Beluga, send him to Donald and give him some fish and chips, he loves fish and chips and seafood platters.

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