If only humans cared as much as this beluga whale, the world would have been an easier place to live in. This video of a helpful beluga whale went viral after it swam up to the surface to return an iPhone. If Isa Opdahl dropped her phone in a crowded mall, things would’ve been different.
Helpful Beluga Whale Returns Woman’s iPhone After She Accidentally Dropped It in the Ocean
Isa Opdahl and her friends were headed for Hammerfest, Norway, in search of beluga whales when they suddenly spotted one in the middle of the ocean. Isa was clearly excited at the rare sight of the beluga whale that she accidentally dropped her phone into the ocean.
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“We laid down on the dock to look at it and hopefully get the chance to pat it,” Isa told the DoDo. “I had forgotten to close my jacket pocket and my phone fell in the ocean.”
When she thought that chances of recovering her phone were slim, the helpful beluga whale dove back underwater to look for Ina’s gadget. It then swam up to their boat with Isa’s phone in its mouth! “Everyone was so surprised,” Isa said. “We almost didn’t believe what we saw. I was super happy and thankful that I got my phone back.”
Others believed that the helpful beluga whale was a Russian spy because of the tight harness it was wearing. According to a report published by the BBC, a marine biologist claimed that the harness was specially made and had camera mounts attached to it with a label that said “Equipment St Petersburg.” It had no camera, however. The harness was then removed by the fishermen. It is noteworthy that Russia has a naval base in the area and that the Russian navy has been known to train belugas to conduct military operations before, like guarding naval bases, helping divers, and finding lost equipment.
Norwegian officials fear the animal may have escaped from a Russian military facility. Some people, however, believe that the whale merely approached the boat for food. Last week, CNN also reported that the friendly beluga whale was still seen enjoying its time in Norway as locals spotted it in Hammerfest.