A beluga whale (Delphinapterus leucas) wearing a tech-gear was spotted in the northern coast of Norway last week. The fishermen were astonished by simply what they witnessed.
The whale was swimming in the shallows wearing a harness, complete with mounts for a camera!
Marine experts interpret the backstory to this sea mammal in even a stranger tune. They come to believe that this was a trained whale by the Russian military!
Joar Hesten is a fisherman in the northern coast of Norway. He was the first to witness this sea giant with a harness, off the coast of Finnmark, a county in northeastern Norway. Hesten contacted the country's Directorate of Fisheries the next minute.
Marine biologist at Norway's Directorate of Fisheries Jorgen Ree Wiig said, "The whale seemed playful, but our instincts said that it was also asking for help to get out of the harness."
Wiig says that the harness appeared "specially made", and bore mounts for "GoPro" cameras on each side of it, while the harness clips read "Equipment St. Petersburg."
According to the marine biologist, the whale came from Murmansk, Russia, and was trained by the Russian Navy.
"The Navy has been known to train belugas to conduct military operations before, like guarding naval bases, helping drivers, finding lost equipment," Wiig said.
At a query made by the CNN from the Russian government regarding the sea mammal's arrival in the Norway seas, a comment which has not been received is still being expected.
Martin Biuw, a researcher for marine mammals at Norway's Institute of Marine Research, agreed with Wiig's comments, that this is undoubtedly a trained animal.
After seeing video footage of the whale, captured by Wiig, Biuw said: "It's quite clear that the whale is searching out the boat, and that it's used to being around boats. The whale is coming up with its head above the water, opening its mouth, which suggests that it's expecting to be fed fish as a reward."
According to Biuw, such training is not conducted by researchers of anyone in Norway or Greenland. Because researchers do not use harnesses.
Biuw stressed that any statement on the true intentions behind delivering the beluga whale into the Norway's coast would be "pure speculation", however added, "We know that the Russian military during the Cold War were training belugas to sniff out mines or old torpedoes."
In 2017, the Murmansk Sea Biology Research Institute trained beluga whales, dolphins and seals for military roles, according to the Siberian Times.
As for the white sea giant spotted in the northern naval coast of Norway last week, the Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries succeeded in freeing it from the harness, after which it swam away.
Seeing it swimming away was the best feeling ever, Wiig said.