In early May 2019, Ina Mansika, a citizen of Norway went to the coast in Hammerfest with friends in hopes of catching a beluga whale that had been spotted in the area. Unfortunately, while standing on a dock trying to spot the animal, her phone fell out of her pocket and into the water.
She feared that it was gone forever and accepted that it was somewhere at the bottom of the ocean. But then, something unbelievable happened. The very animal she had come to see came to the surface holding Mansika’s phone in its mouth.
Mansika told the Dodo that “We laid down on the dock to look at [the whale] and hopefully get a chance to pat it. “I had forgotten to close my jacket pocket and my phone fell in the ocean. 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.”
Manskika promptly bent down and plucked the phone from the whale’s mouth. Thankfully, Mansika’s friend, Isa Opdahl Larsson, filmed the whole encounter and shared it on Instagram where it quickly went viral.
Of course, this was no ordinary whale. In late April, Fishermen were surprised when they saw that the whale was wearing a Go Pro harness which was labeled “Equipment of St. Petersberg.” This led some marine experts to assume that the whale had been trained by the Russian navy to complete underwater military decisions.
Although some say this assumption is over-the-top, this wouldn’t be the first time both Russia or the United States have used marine mammals for military operations. Supposedly, Russia’s military dolphin program was shut down in the early 1990s, and the trained animals were sold to Iran.