The fishermen of Finnmark had a special meeting with a white whale earlier in the week when a whale with a tight harness swam up to her boat. Scientists believe the whale has escaped from Russian captivity
Fishermen Joar, Håvard and Erlend Hesten went down the water Thursday to see how they saw a whale swimming among the boats.
It was NRK who mentioned the case for the first time.
– The white whale swam to the boats and we thought it was a bit intriguing to see, so he came to our boat and rubbed the boat. says Joar Hesten to VG
The fishermen filmed and photographed the whale and sent it to a marine biologist in Tromsø.
– I thought it could not swim around with straps and someone with the right skills could help, says the horse.
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It is not sure where the whale came from, but inside the harness there is "St. Petersburg equipment". Jørgen Wiig, Marine Biologist and Inspector of the Fisheries Directorate, believes it probably fled the Russian
– What was used for it will probably only be speculation Captivity was for a long time completely tame. We could knock it!
White whale swam right up to the boat of fisherman Joar Hesten
Professor at the Norwegian Arctic University in Tromsø (UiT) Audun Rikardsen says neither Norwegian nor Russian researchers lay whales.
– I have contacted some Russian researchers and they can confirm that they are doing nothing. They tell me that most likely the Russian Navy is in Murmansk.
The harness also had a mount on a GoPro camera. Rikardsen says it's possible they tried to put it on for something, then stuck it.
– This is a tame animal accustomed to food, so it probably visited fishermen. The question now is whether it can adapt to natural foods. We have seen cases where other whales in Russian captivity have been successful, but we also remember Keiko and that things did not go so well.
Swiming with the whale
Rikardsen sent the pictures to the Fisheries Directorate, which is responsible for the release of stalwart whales.
– We have learned that the whale was still with the fishermen, so we unloaded the boat and drove between Rolvsøya and Ingøya to the fishermen, says Jørgen Wiig.
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With inspector Yngve Larsen, they managed to dress the whale with cod fillets. Wiig says it's clear the whale needs help. The crew tried to loosen the strap, but it was stuck.
– The strap had several clips that held it, but we could not release it. Every time we tried to loosen the strap, the whale slipped out at the last minute. Finally, the fisherman suggested wearing a wetsuit and going into the water with the whale.
Joar Hesten tells that he felt the whale was "very safe and tame".
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– You never know how a wild animal can behave When it's scared or damaged. "I was not afraid of me and it came all the way," says the fisherman.
To delight the crew aboard, he managed to get rid of a clip and hook up to the whale release equipment.
The marine biologist Wiig says that the whale was stressed when it was attached to the boat and floated down. Then the belt loosened. After removing the dishes, the whale swam around the boat for a few laps before swimming away.
– It was very used to people, so I do not know if it works on its own.
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