The story of the whale wearing a GoPro that might be some kind of Russian surveillance agent is pretty wild, but it’s not even close to the first time governments have turned to animals for surveillance purposes. In the Cold War, the CIA tried to train a cat to infiltrate the Soviet Embassy in DC – sadly, they did not name it Felis Leiter. Plus: the audio phenomenon known as the “cocktail party effect” is not just for humans. Dogs have it too! Which means dogs should come to cocktail parties way more often.
That Time the CIA Bugged a Cat to Spy on the Soviets (The Atlantic)
The ‘Russian spy whale’ has plenty of historical company (Financial Times)
Dogs can tune out noise, just like people at cocktail parties (National Geographic)