Russians Introduce a New Frontier in Spying: The Beluga Whale

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Russians Introduce a New Frontier in Spying: The Beluga Whale

Beluga Whale Spy

Beluga Whale Spy

Norwegian Fishermen

Beluga Whale Spy

Norwegian Fishermen

Norwegian Fishermen

Beluga Whale Spy

Jacob Pieczynski, Contributor

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Welcome to the world’s newest terrifying advancement in spy technology: the Beluga Whale. This new advancement allows nations to send friendly sea creatures into enemy waters to collect information on enemy combatants. These gigantic whales can provide discreet espionage, however, they must come up for air frequently in order to breathe, destroying some of their cover. They can take years to train and the fact that they need to travel in the water limits some of their capab

ilities.

In all seriousness, Russia is using whales as spying personnel. A white Beluga Whale was found in Norwegian waters by fishermen. It was outfitted with a strange harness, and the fishermen were quite confused at first. Fisherman Joar Hesten told Norwegian broadcaster NRK, “We were going to put out nets when we saw a whale swimming between the boats. It came over to us, and as it approached we saw that it had some sort of harness on it” (The Guardian).

The whale was behaving strangely. It seemed to actively be seeking out the fishing boats. It was trying to pull straps and ropes from the sides of the boats. The fishermen said that it looked like it had been given professional military grade training by Norway’s neighboring country, Russia. The whale was very tame and seemed to be used to humans. Now, it is believed that the whale was trained by the Russian Navy as part of a secret Special Ops Force using underwater mammals. The harness was very peculiar. It looked like it could be outfitted with cameras, weaponry, or even spy equipment. On the inside was written “Equipment of St. Petersburg.”

This isn’t Russia’s first foray into using underwater animals for military purposes. In the 1980’s Soviet Russia, there was a program that saw dolphins recruited for military training. Their razor-sharp vision, stealth, and fantastic memory made then effective underwater weapons-detecting tools. The program was closed in the 1990s, but in 2017, it was revealed that the Russian Navy has been training beluga whales, seals, and bottlenose dolphins for military purposes. Along the nation’s Arctic coastline, President Vladimir Putin has reopened three former Soviet military bases.

This recent training and research have been conducted to see if the whales can be used to guard naval bases and assist deep-water divers, even killing if needed. Shockingly, these whales can be weaponized more than the average person would think. Even I laughed when I first heard the headline. But, if trained properly, these Beluga Whales can be weaponized to do things that the average person wouldn’t want to do.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/apr/29/whale-with-harness-could-be-russian-weapon-say-norwegian-experts

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