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World Beluga Playing Fetch In Viral Video Confirmed To Be So-Called 'Russian Spy Whale'

11:06  14 november  2019
11:06  14 november  2019 Source:   huffingtonpost.co.uk

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A beluga playing with a rugby ball in a viral video earlier this month has been confirmed to be Hvaldimir, a whale spotted near Norway in April and suspected by some of escaping the Russian military. “Yes, we can officially confirm it is Hvaldimir,” said a statement to HuffPost from the

Playing fetch with a beluga whale#goals pic.twitter.com/cqMGxH5uSk. The whale was originally deemed to be a ‘ Russian spy ’ after the discovery of an ‘Equipment St. Petersburg’ inscription How come the Russians haven’t taken him in, since he is presumed to be an escaped Russian asset?🤔.

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A beluga playing with a rugby ball in a viral video earlier this month has been confirmed to be Hvaldimir, a whale spotted near Norway in April and suspected by some of escaping the Russian military.

“Yes, we can officially confirm it is Hvaldimir,” said a statement to HuffPost from the Hvaldimir Foundation, an initiative of the nonprofit Norwegian Orca Survey dedicated to monitoring the famous Hvaldimir (although he is not an orca). 

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A viral video clip of the whale playing fetch with a group of South Africans has already been seen by more than 20 million people since it emerged last week. Now experts say they believe the beluga is the same one that was first spotted with a camera harness strapped to his body labelled 'Equipment of

a person wearing a red blanket: Linn Saether poses with Hvaldimir days after a fisherman removed a harness with a camera mount from the beluga whale, in Tufjord, Norway. © Linn Saether via AP Linn Saether poses with Hvaldimir days after a fisherman removed a harness with a camera mount from the beluga whale, in Tufjord, Norway.

The viral video shows a person leaning over the side of a boat and tossing a rugby ball in the general direction of a beluga whale. The whale then brings back the ball as someone can be heard saying, “That’s crazy, yeah?”

It’s not immediately clear who originally posted the video, which has been reposted numerous times on Facebook, Twitter and Reddit.

Some scientists and science journalists who saw the video immediately suspected the beluga was Hvaldimir, who has been observed retrieving objects dropped by humans before.

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The beluga performs twirls and leaps and happily retrieves plastic rings, she said, before swimming “It reacts when you call it or splash your hands in the water. You can see it’s been trained to fetch The Russian defence ministry has denied running a sea mammal special operations programme and

Remember the video of a beluga whale playing fetch with a rugby ball that recently went viral ? Turns out the whale was none other than Hvaldimir And now, Hvaldimir Foundation, a non-profit initiative undertaken by the Norwegian Orca Survey, confirmed to Huffpost that the whale playing fetch with

And while some people claimed the video had been shot in Antarctica, biologist Jackie Hilderling determined it was likely filmed on a boat currently in Norwegian waters. (She also pointed out that belugas only live in Arctic seas, making it next-to-impossible the video was filmed in Antarctica.)

Hvaldimir first made international headlines earlier this year after he approached fisherman near Hammerfest, Norway. The whale was wearing a tight harness that featured a camera mount and had the words “Equipment St. Petersburg” on it.

The harness immediately fueled speculation that that beluga had escaped from some sort of Russian naval training facility, and he became widely known in the media as the “Russian spy whale.” That speculation also led to him being called Hvaldimir, a portmanteau of the Norwegian word for whale (“hval”) and Vladimir, as in Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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A beluga whale that was filmed “ playing catch” with a group of South African rugby fans may have escaped from a Russian military spy programme 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.

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However, there is no hard evidence that Hvaldimir is a Russian Navy escapee, much less a spy whale. Back in April, retired Russian Col. Viktor Baranets conjectured that if the whale were really a spy, his harness probably wouldn’t have been labeled like that.

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However, the beluga whale's outfit gave it away. The surprisingly tame whale was wearing a harness that read "Equipment of St. Petersburg," indicating that it was likely trained by the Russian navy to be used for special operations, according to Evolution likely plays a role in the beluga 's temperament.

“If we were using this animal for spying do you really think we’d attach a mobile phone number with the message ‘please call this number’?” he told Russian broadcaster Govorit Moskva, per the BBC. Baranets added that Russia does train “military dolphins,” but it doesn’t keep that program a secret.

Baranets also told Reuters he’d heard that Russian scientists used beluga whales “for tasks of civil information gathering.”

But while the beluga’s exact origin remains a mystery, experts are confident that Hvaldimir was previously in captivity and that his learned dependence on people is likely why he was malnourished when first spotted. That’s why the Norwegian Orca Survey authorized a feeding plan in May to help get the beluga’s weight stabilized.

“The ultimate goal and hope was for Hvaldimir to be able to hunt and remain in the wild without any human interaction,” said the Hvaldimir Foundation statement. Hvaldimir is currently “showing signs that he is hunting for himself,” but researchers are continuing to keep track of his sightings.

The organization also urged anyone who comes across Hvaldimir to “respect his space.” Encouraging him to get too close to humans could “damage all of our efforts” to help him reintegrate into the wild, the group said.

In the meantime, the Hvaldimir Foundation has been posting updates of Hvaldimir sightings on Facebook.

“We are happy to report that he demonstrates a positive trend in weight gain and his attitude and behavior seem to indicate an increased confidence as he navigates the fjords of Norway,” reads a post from late October. “Stay safe out there, Buddy!”

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