A at a university in Norway believes a beluga whale that was found in the Arctic Ocean near Norway's northernmost could be part of Russia's spy . Local residents reported that the beluga was extremely and enjoyed being petted. Professor Audun Rikardsen said the was fitted with a harness and mount for a spy camera. He said: "It is most that the Russian Navy in Murmansk was involved." However, news images show there is "Equipment of St. Petersburg" written on the in English. A local said: "The talk in this is that it could have escaped from a Russian military or could have swum from St. Petersburg, Florida, because of the English-language ."
There is much online as to where the whale came from. Journalists are asking it came from whale and dolphin training facilities in St. Petersburg, Florida. The U.S. Navy is known to use dolphins to help on military missions. A Russian naval , Mikhail Barabanov, downplayed any links the beluga might have with the Russian military. He said: "Even if there are military for using marine animals for navy purposes, they are to be belugas." A Russian military agreed. He told the BBC: "If we were using this animal for , do you really think we'd attach a mobile phone number with the 'please call this ?'"