JRL NEWSWATCH VIDEO: “A Russian ‘spy whale’ is having too much fun to leave Norway” – NBC/ Tony Brown, David K. Li

Map of Norway and Region, with Norway Highlighted, adapted from image at cdc.gov

“‘The whale was really friendly and came up to us and started opening its mouth, and just checking us out,’ a Norwegian official said.”

“… A beluga whale – found in Arctic Norway with a camera harness strapped to its head – has been joyously seeking out human contact and is in no hurry to swim back …. The whale became a worldwide espionage sensation … with a harness … that could have fitted a small camera, marked with the words ‘Equipment St Petersburg,’ raising suspicions the whale was working as a Kremlin spy. More likely … [a Norweigian official] theorized, this whale is from a notorious whale operation in Siberia that once trapped massive maritime mammals for sale to aquariums. That so-called ‘whale jail’ has since been disbanded with its operators haphazardly dumping evidence. …”

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