Dogs retrieving items is not something that’s unheard of. In fact, even cats bringing back an item is not that uncommon. But what about a beluga whale and a supposed wild one at that.
Ina Mansika got to find out firsthand, and thankfully it was all caught on camera for all of us to see.
Mansika and her friends were in Hammerfest, Norway and wanted to see if they could spot the now famous Russian spy whale.
As she laid down on the dock in hopes of getting a better glimpse of the alleged former spy, her phone slipped out of her jacket and fell into the water.
“We assumed it would be gone forever, until the whale dove back down and came back a few moments later with my phone in its mouth!” she told The Dodo.
The moment the friendly beluga whale resurfaced with Mansika’s phone was caught on camera.
“Everyone was so surprised. We almost didn’t believe what we saw,” she said. “I was super happy and thankful that I got my phone back.”
According to The Dodo, Mansika’s phone was underwater for too long and inoperable, but that didn’t matter. A beluga whale just saved her phone!
This isn’t the first instance of the beluga acting friendly with locals. According to Forbes, Tor Arild Guleng told NRK that he took his boat to see the whale and on his return trip the whale followed him “like an obedient dog walking without a leash.”
According to The Washington Post, officials in Norway are working on transporting the beluga whale to a sanctuary in Iceland, where it will have a better chance at survival.
While it’s hard not to love this friendly beluga whale, it’s important to remember that it’s a wild animal. And its dependence on humans could potentially be a death sentence.
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