In April, a fishing boat was bobbing along in the Arctic Ocean. As it sailed near the coast of Norway, a country in Europe, a fisherman on board spotted a beluga whale. He noticed that the whale was wearing clips designed to hold a camera. Why would a whale need a camera? Could it be a spy?
Believe it or not, the answer might be yes! The whale also wore a harness that was marked “St. Petersburg,” which is a city in Russia. Experts in Norway suspect the whale was trained by the Russian military as a spy.
This may seem a bit fishy, but militaries around the world use whales, dolphins, and other marine mammals for covert missions. In fact, the U.S. Navy currently has more than 100 sea animals protecting our country from underwater threats.