A beluga whale found wearing a harness is raising red flags with Norwegian officials and prompting speculation it may have escaped from a Russian military facility.
The whale's harness appears to be Russian made, branding the words "equipment Saint Petersburg" on the strap, which features a mount for an action camera.
Norwegian officials say the beluga was reportedly actively seeking and nudging boats last week.
On Friday a Norwegian fisherman joined the whale in the frigid waters, freeing it from the harness.
Norway's military reportedly showed great interest in the harness .
The country's largest newspaper has reported Russia has started training whales for special operations in the Arctic.