Russian 'spy' whale has 'DEFECTED' and now refuses to stray far from Norwegian ...

Russian 'spy' whale has 'DEFECTED'! Beluga found wearing a bizarre harness now refuses to stray far from Norwegian harbour where he has become a local attraction Tame mammal was discovered by local fisherman in Tufjord, Norway, on Sunday Harness had a mount believed to be for camera, sparking surveillance fears Russia denied whale is theirs, but has previously used mammals for espionage 

By Dianne Apen-sadler For Mailonline

Published: 08:36 BST, 3 May 2019 | Updated: 08:36 BST, 3 May 2019

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A beluga whale found wearing a harness marked 'equipment of St Petersburg' is now refusing to stray far from the Norwegian harbour where he was discovered.

The mammal was spotted by local fisherman wearing a mount believed to be for an action camera on Sunday - sparking fears it had been trained by the Russian military for surveillance.

Now the sea creature is hanging around the harbour performing tricks and twirls for locals in return for food.

Linn Sæther, a resident of Tufjord where the whale was found, told NRK:  'It's clearly used to being given tasks and having something to do.

A beluga whale found wearing a harness marked 'equipment of St Petersburg' is now refusing to stray far from the Norwegian harbour where he was discovered

A beluga whale found wearing a harness marked 'equipment of St Petersburg' is now refusing to stray far from the Norwegian harbour where he was discovered

Locals in Tufjord have been able to pet the mammal and the nose and it will even perform tricks for them. Pictured: Local Linn Sæther poses for a selfie with the sea creature shortly after its harness was removed

Locals in Tufjord have been able to pet the mammal and the nose and it will even perform tricks for them. Pictured: Local Linn Sæther poses for

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