Recently, the world was surprised to learn of Russian deployment of a low-tech intelligence gathering source. A Beluga whale was discovered in the North Sea, harnessed to a transmitter. Retrieved by Norwegian sailors, the device was removed for examination. The harness has the stamp of St. Petersburg, although not the type of souvenir purchased by typical tourists to the city of Peter I and hundreds of museums today. The whale also sports an imbedded chip, left in place.
It now seems that the whale has voted with his feet, or rather fins. He prefers the water in Norway. Happy to swim freely about in the Hammerfest harbor, the new city pet surfaces at lunchtime every day to be fed in view of visitors.
Training early for reconnaissance, the whale is unable to feed himself. He is now dependent upon his new friends. Happy to oblige viewers, the little whale recently retrieved a cell phone, accidentally dropped in the water by an onlooker, while taking photos. He can be seen posing and surfacing for strokes from adoring feeders.
It seems the whale knows a number of tricks. It is not known how much intelligence he has gathered. For the time being, he is content to gather attention in the friendly little harbor of no military significance, where the largest ship in sight is a cruise ship.
Enjoy all the stories of Norway in Cruise through History, Itinerary XII, forthcoming.