VIDEO: Vladimir Putin, whale hunter

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Vladimir Putin, the Russian prime minister known for his tough political stances and publicity exploits showcasing his physical prowess, was documented shooting a whale with a crossbow from an inflatable boat this week.

Russian media showed the 57-year-old former KGB spy and Russian president speeding across rough Pacific waters, crossbow in hand, chasing endangered gray whales.

He missed with his first three shots, but struck his prey on the fourth try.

Putin fired a special dart into the whale to get a skin sample while participating in a whale research study with members of the Kronotsky Biosphere Reserve.

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