Earlier this month, a beluga whale made headlines after it apparently defected from the Russian military and was found in waters off the coast of Norway.
The whale was found by Norwegian fishermen, no more than a few miles from a small northern harbour near Hammerfest. It was reportedly wearing a harness, fitted with a mount for a camera or weapon, with the words ‘Equipment St Petersburg’ on it.
While the appearance of the whale was exciting for locals, it was also concerning for experts, who believe the whale had been trained for specific purposes – by the military or otherwise – and feared it would struggle to adapt to life in the wild.
Whether the whale is from the military or not, it turns out the wayward mammal is a kind soul, and can be rather helpful for clumsy travellers.