They’ve trained whales to be spies….according to Norwegians.
I think the Norwegians need to worry more about ragheads in their country.
The crew worked together to release the animal from the straps on Saturday.
One of the fisherman told Norway’s state broadcaster NRK they jumped into the freezing water to help the animal.
He said: ‘When I was lying in the water, he came all the way up to the side, and I managed to reach the front buckle and open it.’
Norway’s Directorate of Fisheries also shared photos of the whale with straps around its body on social media around.
‘White whale off the Finnmarkkysten coast that had tight straps fastened around the body is free,’ the caption read.
‘Crew from the Fisheries Directorate’s Sea Service are trained to release whales from ropes and fishing gear and, together with the local fisherman Joar Hesten, they managed to liberate the whale.’
Inspector Joergen Ree Wiig of the Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries, who was at the scene, said the harness was branded with ‘equipment of St. Petersburg’ and featured a mount for an action camera.
This has prompted speculation the animal may have escaped from a Russian military facility.
Audun Rikardsen, an arctic and marine biology professor at the department of arctic the Arctic University of Norway, also spoke to the Norwegian national broadcaster Russian Navy keeping whales in captivity.
‘We know that in Russia they have had domestic whales in captivity and also that some of these have apparently been released. Then they often seek out boats.’
Meanwhile, Russia has dismissed claims its ‘spy whale’ had been caught snooping on the fishing vessels of a NATO country — despite the Defence Ministry in Moscow previously admitting to experiments using these mammals for espionage.
‘If this whale comes from Russia – and there is great reason to believe it – then it is not Russian scientists, but rather the navy that has done this,’ claimed Martin Biuw of the Institute of Marine Research in Norway.
There was no immediate official comment from Moscow but there appeared a bid to deny and ridicule the use of whales as underwater conscripts.
‘The Norwegians would, perhaps, want to see a GRU (military intelligence) officer’s identity card attached to the (whale),’ said Viktor Baranets, a retired colonel cited by Moskovsky Komsomolets.
He accused Norway and the rest of Scandinavia of ‘paranoia that sees either our nuclear submarine or our divers in each floating log’.
Conceding it came from Russia, he claimed the whale was probably from a civilian research institute in St Petersburg.