Militarized cetaceans - Russian reconnaissance and more
April 29, 2019 5:03 PM   Subscribe

Evidence suggests that the Russian Navy has been looking for new ways to leverage what amounts to the original underwater "drone"—militarized cetaceans. Norwegian fishermen discovered a friendly beluga whale in the Barents Sea off the northeast coast of Norway on April 25. Belugas are native to the Barents, so the whale's presence wasn't the surprise—the surprise was that it was fitted with a camera harness with Russian markings. (YouTube) Ars Technica coverage, with more stories of Russian and Soviet military use of whales and dolphins, and a reference to the U.S. Navy Marine Mammal Program.
posted by filthy light thief (10 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
I like to think he was freed by a friendly Latvian narwhal.
posted by Abehammerb Lincoln at 5:05 PM on April 29 [3 favorites]

If you were wondering if whales can be spies, twitter's @awhalefact has weighed in.
posted by ckape at 6:51 PM on April 29 [1 favorite]

That’s it. Teach cetaceans a) about weapons and b) new reasons to hate us. That’ll go well.
posted by GenjiandProust at 3:53 AM on April 30 [1 favorite]

posted by panglos at 5:19 AM on April 30 [7 favorites]

What a nice whale. It really didn't like it when they reached for the harness though.
posted by Bee'sWing at 6:32 AM on April 30

What a great way to whip up right wing fear against marine mammals, so the thousands of porpoises and small whales washing up dead on the beaches won't cause a hitch in oil exploration
posted by Redhush at 2:35 PM on April 30

Does Norway have a process for handling asylum requests from ceteceans?
posted by tobascodagama at 9:56 AM on May 2

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