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Russian Spy Whale?

Norwegian fishermen were surprised when a beluga whale approached their boat with its mouth open, as if it were asking for food. As the tame whale hung around the boat for several days, the fishermen noticed it had a harness. They managed to remove the harness, which had a GoPro camera attached and was labeled "Equipment St. Petersburg." Scientists say that it doesn't seem to be a science experiment, but could belong to the Russian Navy, which bases its fleet in Murmansk, 415km (258 miles) away from where the whale found the fishing boat. Could this whale be a trained spy? Not likely, but it is a mystery.

Interviewed by Russian broadcaster Govorit Moskva, Col Viktor Baranets said "if we were using this animal for spying do you really think we'd attach a mobile phone number with the message 'please call this number'?"

"We have military dolphins for combat roles, we don't cover that up," he said.

"In Sevastopol (in Crimea) we have a centre for military dolphins, trained to solve various tasks, from analysing the seabed to protecting a stretch of water, killing foreign divers, attaching mines to the hulls of foreign ships."

-via The Daily Dot


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