That beluga whale playing fetch in your social media might be a Russian asset.
���� ever seen a Beluga whale fetch? A Beluga whale was recorded playing fetch with a Rugby World Cup ball near the Arctic Pole �� | Here’s a couple Beluga whale facts: 1) Beluga whales are known as "sea canaries," as they are one of the most the most vocal of all whales. 2) The vertebrae in a beluga’s neck is not fused together, giving it the unusual ability to turn its head up, down and side-to-side. - source: worldwildlife.org #science #belugawhale #whale #ocean
Delightful when this pops up in your social media feeds, but you're probably wondering, given Vladimir Putin's infiltration of everything else in your life, is that whale a Russian spy? From a report in The Independent:
Experts suggest the whale could be Hvaldimir, a malnourished male beluga who is thought to be a lost “spy” animal trained by the Russian Navy. Hvaldimir was first reported in April 2019, when he was discovered near northern Norway with a harness attached to his body and a label that said “Equipment of Saint Petersburg”. The whale has been known to go up to boats to ask for food and play fetch and appears to be tame, suggesting he is used to interacting with humans.