Hvaldimir: Seeking Sanctuary For Whale Dubbed A Russian Spy

Hvaldimir: Seeking Sanctuary For Whale Dubbed A Russian Spy

A mysterious beluga whale was dubbed a spy when he appeared off Norway's coast wearing a Russian harness. Two years on, little more is known of the animal's past, but now activists are concerned for his future welfare.

Andrew H. Sweet
Andrew H. Sweet
  • A mysterious beluga whale was dubbed a spy when he appeared off Norway's coast wearing a Russian harness. Two years on, little more is known of the animal's past, but now activists are concerned for his future welfare.
  • The whale's first known sighting in Norway came at the end of April 2019, when a blob of white flashed past fishermen near the islands of Ingoya and Rolvsoya.
  • This was strange because belugas are rarely seen this far south of the high Arctic. Stranger still was the harness wrapped tightly around the whale's body.
  • Russia has a history of training marine mammals such as dolphins for military purposes. The Barents Observer website has identified whale pens at three different locations near naval bases in Murmansk's northwest area.
  • According to the Norwegian Orca Survey since July 2019, he has been a "free-swimming" whale. A campaign group led by an American filmmaker wants to create a sanctuary for him and is urging Norway to support it.

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