Vladimir Putin tracks endangered whales with crossbow

London, Aug 26 (ANI): Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has revealed that he was thrilled to be part of a team that was tracking endangered whales.

Putin, 57, jumped into a speedboat with a crossbow on August 25, wearing a waterproof coat and a black woollen hat, as he sped out into the Pacific Ocean.

The former KGB spy was very excited about the whole event and described how he had fired a special dart into an endangered grey whale in order to get a skin sample.

"There was a real feeling of exhilaration. I missed three times but hit on the fourth attempt," the Telegraph quoted him as saying.

He was asked why he enjoyed such extreme activities, and that too in such rough seas.

"I like it. I like our nature. I respect it as it does so much good. Living in general is dangerous," Putin answered with the hint of a smile. (ANI)

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