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Old 29th April 2019, 01:40 AM   #1
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Norwegian Fishing Boat Encounters Weaponised Whale

Whale with harness could be Russian weapon, say Norwegian experts

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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.
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Old 29th April 2019, 04:35 AM   #2
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Old 29th April 2019, 04:48 AM   #3
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whales with frickin lasers beams.
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Old 29th April 2019, 04:59 AM   #4
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Old 29th April 2019, 05:51 AM   #5
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It's not a widespread practice, this single whale episode was just a fluke.
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Old 29th April 2019, 05:57 AM   #6
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Originally Posted by TragicMonkey View Post
It's not a widespread practice, this single whale episode was just a fluke.
Oh stop spouting nonsense.
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Old 29th April 2019, 06:14 AM   #7
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Why did they assume it was a Russian plot? When I see whales I suspect the Finns.
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Sounds a bit convenient, though, to have the name of St. Petersburg on the harness.
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It’s just the incredible Mr. Limpet.
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Old 29th April 2019, 08:27 AM   #10
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The US Navy has been training marine mammals for years. I don't know if they've ever really gotten very far with it.
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Old 29th April 2019, 08:29 AM   #11
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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!)
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We know that marine mammals are very active, sexually.
It's probably just some kind of kinky thing.
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Old 29th April 2019, 09:16 AM   #13
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Originally Posted by The Great Zaganza View Post
We know that marine mammals are very active, sexually.
It's probably just some kind of kinky thing.
Narwhals are especially horny.
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Old 29th April 2019, 09:37 AM   #14
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Next they're going to discover weaponized suicidal birds that are attracted to electrical equipment.
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Old 29th April 2019, 10:33 AM   #15
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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.
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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.
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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?
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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.
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Maybe the beluga was just asking them to take off the tight annoying harness.
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I hope it doesn't come to whale warfare, the carnage would be ambergrisly.
Whale oil beef hooked
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Old 29th April 2019, 02:02 PM   #22
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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.
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Old 29th April 2019, 02:04 PM   #23
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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.
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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.
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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?
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A lot of fan fiction involves whale shipping.
Hot Belugas Steam Up The Icy Whale Jail

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/a...quarium-trade/
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This beluga whale could be a Jehovah's Witness.
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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".
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Originally Posted by The Great Zaganza View Post
whales with frickin lasers beams.
We've already had cows with guns and chickens in choppers.
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Why am i not surprised that this cute innocent animal decided to flee those cruel and sick bastard Russians?
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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.
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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)!
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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.
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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.
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The whole thing smells fishy, and it's giving me a haddock.
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I hope it doesn't come to whale warfare, the carnage would be ambergrisly.
It would be too bad if they came to blows.
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It would be too bad if they came to blows.
I'll bet a fin that it does.
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The whole thing smells fishy, and it's giving me a haddock.
Oh, stop blubbering.
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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?
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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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