There you have it, folks. Putin doesn't need to actually kill the whale to get an adrenaline rush - basic skin sample collecting is enough of an adventure for him. Apparently he even wrote a column on the experience for a Russian newsmagazine, but this blogger was unable to track it down. It's clear, however, that the Russian Prime Minister doesn't need to kill a whale to enjoy himself. Would that the Japanese could also figure this out.
Clearly in his element, Putin replied jovially to a question as to whether the endeavour was dangerous.
"Living in general is dangerous," he quipped. Asked why he got involved, he replied, "Because I like it. I love the nature."