NATO countries accuse this famous beluga whale of being a Russian spy. Photo/Jorgen Ree Wiig/Sea Surveillance Service via REUTERS
OSLO – Norway, one of the countries NATO, accuse whale beluga known as Hvaldimir as a spy Russia.
The Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries has warned beachgoers to avoid contact with the marine mammals.
The warning came in response to the whale’s journey into densely populated areas, putting it at much greater risk of injury or death.
The pope, nicknamed Hvaldimir, shot to prominence in 2019 after being spotted wearing a specially made suit of armor with mounts for the cameras. It was this equipment that made Norway accuse him of being a Russian spy.
When first spotted, the whale swam toward the boat and actively attempted to attract human attention by pulling the rope from the side of the boat.
People found him wearing a leotard that might have been used to strap on a camera or gun—none in this case. “Property of St. Petersburg” was written on the armor.
Martin Biuw of the Institute of Marine Research in Norway said at the time that it was the Russian Navy, not the Russian academy, that most likely trained whales in this way.
The Soviet military training program for dolphins operated from the 1980s to the 1990s. But in 2017, Russian television aired a program announcing that the Russian Navy was training beluga whales, seals and common bottlenose dolphins.
“Since 2019, Hvaldimir has been traveling along the coast of Norway,” said the Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries, as quoted by the Jerusalem Post, Saturday (27/5/2023).
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