IS HVALDIMIR THE BELUGA WHALE REALLY AN ESCAPED RUSSIAN SPY ANIMAL SCOPING SWEDEN?
History is always full of odd, titillating, or even shocking tidbits of things. Even recent history! And this little tidbit is definitely recent, odd, not sure about titillating, and even less sure about shocking. The beluga whale pictured above is quite possibly a Russian spy animal. He even now has a nickname, Hvaldimir (I have no idea what that means). Folks near Sweden first spotted him back in 2019. Hvaldimir was wearing a harness with a label of “Equipment St. Petersburg,” and was also outfitted with a camera mount. Considering the two, it’s not hard to understand why Hvaldimir is thought to be a Russian spy animal.
BELUGA WHALE MADE ANOTHER APPEARANCE NEAR SWEDEN THIS WEEK, BUT APPEARS TO BE LONELY
Initially, and maybe still, the thought was that Hvaldimir the beluga whale Russian spy animal had possible escaped from a Russian Navy holding pen. And for all we know, that could have been true, and still is. But Hvaldimir is back in the news because he reappeared, and was seen near Sweden’s southwestern coast. I feel pretty safe to hazard the guess that he never went back into virtually captive intelligence work. But it’s nice to see that he is still free! Especially considering how the past more than a year has proven illuminating in terms of Russian geopolitical strategy.
HOPEFULLY, THIS LONELY BELUGA WHALE CAN FIND SOME BELUGA FRIENDS AND LEAVE PUTIN FOREVER BEHIND
You know, the invasion of Ukraine? And I recall a certain pipeline mysteriously blowing up last year, with various state actors turning the blame to Ukraine. Except that we now know that Russian ships were seen in the area shortly before the espionage. But who knows? Would Russian spy animals like this beluga whale, Hvaldimir, maybe be something Russia could use, either for location mapping or espionage? Anyway, Hvaldimir was seen rapidly heading in the opposite direction from his natural environment. Was it for Putin? Or was the 13-14 year old animal merely desperate to find his own kind?
We’ll just have to wait for the next sighting, I suppose. Or explosion……