Russia has been training marine mammals in order to work as undercover spies. These fish swim and gather information about the ships and submarines of other countries.
A beluga whale was seen last week in the waters near Finnmark. Finnmark is Norway’s most northerly country which borders Russia.
Fisherman Joar Hesten told Norwegian media that they were going to put out their nets, when they saw the whale swimming between the boats.
They discovered a device which was attached to a harness. This harness was attached to the friendly beluga whale. The harness had the words “Equipment of St. Petersburg” labelled on it. Cameras or other devices could be attached to this harness.
This showed that the animal had been trained by the Russian navy, as a part of the “Marine mammal special force”
Audun Rikardsen, professor at the department of Arctic and Marine Biology at the University of Tromso said that it was not good for the fish to have the harness attached to it for a long time.
He said that if the whale has come from Russia, the Russian Navy must have attached the harness to it, and not the Russian Scientists.
Both United States of America, and Russia, have trained marine animals for wars.
In the US, the Navy Marine Mammal Programme is going on, where animals are trained to detect enemy equipment, protect the ports, and recover objects from the sea bed.
Russia is also known to train underwater mammals for military purposes.