Why did a beluga whale turn up with Russian-made camera harness? Was it trained as spy?

It’s not a shark with a laser beam on its head, but rather a beluga whale with a harness strapped on it.

Now people are wondering if the whale, which was seen in the Norwegian Arctic, is in fact a Russian spy.

The harness, which is a camera mount, is apparently Russian-made, with the words “Equipment St. Petersburg” written on it, so some are surmising that the whale got out of a Russian military facility, Fox News reported.

Fishermen jumped in the water and removed the harness from the whale, The Associated Press reported.

The tamed whale had come up to the men’s boat when they noticed the band on the marine mammal.

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Norwegian fisherman Joar Hesten tries to attract a beluga whale swimming next to his boat before the Norwegian fishermen were able to removed the tight harness, off the northern Norwegian coast Friday, April 26, 2019. The harness strap which features a mount for an action camera, says "Equipment St. Petersburg" which has prompted speculation that the animal may have escaped from a Russian military facility.
Photo: Joergen Ree Wiig/Norwegian Direcorate of Fisheries Sea Surveillance Unit via AP

“This is a tame animal that is used to get food served so that is why it has made contacts with the fishermen,” Audun Rikardson, a professor at the Department of Arctic and Marine Biology at the Arctic University of Norway in Tromsoe, told the AP

Russia has not been known to use whales in the military, but during the Soviet era they trained dolphins, the AP reported.

Officials also put the word out in 2016 that they were searching to buy three male and two female bottlenose dolphins, the Washington Post reported.

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