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arthwollipot 29th April 2019 01:40 AM

Norwegian Fishing Boat Encounters Weaponised Whale
 
Whale with harness could be Russian weapon, say Norwegian experts

Quote:

Fisherman raised alarm after white whale sporting unusual strapping began harassing their boats

Marine experts in Norway believe they have stumbled upon a white whale that was trained by the Russian navy as part of a programme to use underwater mammals as a special ops force.

Fishermen in waters near the small Norwegian fishing village of Inga reported last week that a white beluga whale wearing a strange harness had begun to harass their fishing boats.

“We were going to put out nets when we saw a whale swimming between the boats,” fisherman Joar Hesten told Norwegian broadcaster NRK. “It came over to us, and as it approached, we saw that it had some sort of harness on it.”

The strange behaviour of the whale, which was actively seeking out the vessels and trying to pull straps and ropes from the sides of the boats, as well as the fact it was wearing a tight harness which seemed to be for a camera or weapon, raised suspicions among marine experts that the animal had been given military-grade training by neighbouring Russia. Inside the harness, which has now been removed from the whale, were the words “Equipment of St. Petersburg”.

The fisherman said the whale was very tame and seemed used to human beings.

“If this whale comes from Russia – and there is great reason to believe it – then it is not Russian scientists, but rather the navy that has done this,” said Martin Biuw of the Institute of Marine Research in Norway.

Belz... 29th April 2019 04:35 AM

SeaQuest KGB.

The Great Zaganza 29th April 2019 04:48 AM

whales with frickin lasers beams.

cullennz 29th April 2019 04:59 AM

Never trust the Welsh

Amazed they are such good swimmers

TragicMonkey 29th April 2019 05:51 AM

It's not a widespread practice, this single whale episode was just a fluke.

sackett 29th April 2019 05:57 AM

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Originally Posted by TragicMonkey (Post 12679293)
It's not a widespread practice, this single whale episode was just a fluke.

Oh stop spouting nonsense.

TragicMonkey 29th April 2019 06:14 AM

Why did they assume it was a Russian plot? When I see whales I suspect the Finns.

Belz... 29th April 2019 06:19 AM

Sounds a bit convenient, though, to have the name of St. Petersburg on the harness.

Myles 29th April 2019 06:21 AM

It’s just the incredible Mr. Limpet.

Trebuchet 29th April 2019 08:27 AM

The US Navy has been training marine mammals for years. I don't know if they've ever really gotten very far with it.

dann 29th April 2019 08:29 AM

That's nothing compared to Castro's evil plot to terrorize our beaches! Cuba launches shark attack on U.S.!
(And nowadays they've been reduced to working with brain-frying crickets!)

The Great Zaganza 29th April 2019 08:52 AM

We know that marine mammals are very active, sexually.
It's probably just some kind of kinky thing.

TragicMonkey 29th April 2019 09:16 AM

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Originally Posted by The Great Zaganza (Post 12679520)
We know that marine mammals are very active, sexually.
It's probably just some kind of kinky thing.

Narwhals are especially horny.

Venom 29th April 2019 09:37 AM

Next they're going to discover weaponized suicidal birds that are attracted to electrical equipment.

CORed 29th April 2019 10:33 AM

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Originally Posted by TragicMonkey (Post 12679312)
Why did they assume it was a Russian plot? When I see whales I suspect the Finns.

Maybe Sea Shepard has changed tactics, and they are now arming whales so they can defend themselves.

TragicMonkey 29th April 2019 10:42 AM

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Originally Posted by CORed (Post 12679613)
Maybe Sea Shepard has changed tactics, and they are now arming whales so they can defend themselves.

I hope it doesn't come to whale warfare, the carnage would be ambergrisly.

Elagabalus 29th April 2019 11:16 AM

Are we sure that the unusual strapping wasn't a strap-on? Should the mods merge this thread with the Thou shalt not have sex with a boat anymore thread?

TragicMonkey 29th April 2019 11:22 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Elagabalus (Post 12679654)
Are we sure that the unusual strapping wasn't a strap-on? Should the mods merge this thread with the Thou shalt not have sex with a boat anymore thread?

A lot of fan fiction involves whale shipping.

The Greater Fool 29th April 2019 12:10 PM

"We made their brains bigger. As a side effect they got smarter."

deadrose 29th April 2019 01:33 PM

Maybe the beluga was just asking them to take off the tight annoying harness.

Hevneren 29th April 2019 01:44 PM

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Originally Posted by TragicMonkey (Post 12679620)
I hope it doesn't come to whale warfare, the carnage would be ambergrisly.

Whale oil beef hooked

Skeptic Ginger 29th April 2019 02:02 PM

The whale was not weaponized. It had a harness that could have held a camera. It was cute, begging for fish.

Honestly, the news media trying to make this into "weaponized" was ludicrous.

Skeptic Ginger 29th April 2019 02:04 PM

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Originally Posted by deadrose (Post 12679806)
Maybe the beluga was just asking them to take off the tight annoying harness.

I know, right?

There was no camera or other scientific device. The fishermen should have removed the harness.

Trebuchet 29th April 2019 02:34 PM

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Originally Posted by Skeptic Ginger (Post 12679838)
The fishermen should have removed the harness.

They did, or at least someone did. That's how they know what was written on it.

Meanwhile, here in the USofA:
US Navy Marine Mammal Program.
And from Wikipedia.

CaptainHowdy 29th April 2019 03:33 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by arthwollipot (Post 12679181)

During WW2 the Soviets strapped mines to dogs that had been taught their meal could be found under German tanks. Why not weaponize a whale?

Elagabalus 29th April 2019 03:38 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TragicMonkey (Post 12679658)
A lot of fan fiction involves whale shipping.

Hot Belugas Steam Up The Icy Whale Jail

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/a...quarium-trade/

William Parcher 29th April 2019 03:50 PM

This beluga whale could be a Jehovah's Witness.

Checkmite 29th April 2019 03:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Skeptic Ginger (Post 12679833)
Honestly, the news media trying to make this into "weaponized" was ludicrous.

You mean the University of Tromso's Institute for Arctic and Marine Biology. They are the one making the claim that the whale was militarized; the media is just reporting what they stated.

When a claim is quoted in the news, "the news media" does not usurp the status of "source of the claim".

qayak 29th April 2019 04:19 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by The Great Zaganza (Post 12679257)
whales with frickin lasers beams.

We've already had cows with guns and chickens in choppers.

Arcade22 29th April 2019 04:52 PM

Why am i not surprised that this cute innocent animal decided to flee those cruel and sick bastard Russians?

Giordano 29th April 2019 05:00 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by CaptainHowdy (Post 12679953)
During WW2 the Soviets strapped mines to dogs that had been taught their meal could be found under German tanks. Why not weaponize a whale?

My understanding is that it didn't work so well for dogs. In real combat they were frightened by the German tanks and often tried to return to their Soviet trainers. No so good.

Giordano 29th April 2019 05:02 PM

It is about time that more whales fight back. The one that sank the USS Essex did (thought to be the real life origin of Moby Dick)!

Giordano 29th April 2019 05:06 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Venom (Post 12679572)
Next they're going to discover weaponized suicidal birds that are attracted to electrical equipment.

The USA had an idea for attaching incendiaries to bats and releasing them over Japanese cities during WW 2 (where they would roust in and ignite the wooden buildings). Experiments in US failed; never actually used on Japan.

arthwollipot 29th April 2019 06:41 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Giordano (Post 12680036)
My understanding is that it didn't work so well for dogs. In real combat they were frightened by the German tanks and often tried to return to their Soviet trainers. No so good.

I heard that they didn't train them to go under German tanks, they trained them to go under Soviet tanks, since they didn't have any German tanks to train them with.

shemp 29th April 2019 07:49 PM

The whole thing smells fishy, and it's giving me a haddock.

bruto 29th April 2019 07:49 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TragicMonkey (Post 12679620)
I hope it doesn't come to whale warfare, the carnage would be ambergrisly.

It would be too bad if they came to blows.

shemp 29th April 2019 07:50 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bruto (Post 12680146)
It would be too bad if they came to blows.

I'll bet a fin that it does.

arthwollipot 29th April 2019 08:18 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by shemp (Post 12680145)
The whole thing smells fishy, and it's giving me a haddock.

Oh, stop blubbering.

Skeptic Ginger 29th April 2019 08:57 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Checkmite (Post 12679977)
You mean the University of Tromso's Institute for Arctic and Marine Biology. They are the one making the claim that the whale was militarized; the media is just reporting what they stated.

When a claim is quoted in the news, "the news media" does not usurp the status of "source of the claim".

Where is the evidence of any weapons?

arthwollipot 29th April 2019 09:01 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Skeptic Ginger (Post 12680205)
Where is the evidence of any weapons?

The phrase used in the article was "a tight harness which seemed to be for a camera or weapon". There's no suggestion at this time that anything was actually attached to the harness.


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