The Beluga whale is believed to be a Russian spy for the Navy who escaped from a training facility.
Most of us are very careless with our electronic devices but when we can't find them, we go into panic mode, don't we? The worst is when we drop it into the water and this is exactly what happened to Ina Mansika while she was out with her friends. Apparently, Mansika had heard there was a Beluga Whale fitted with a harness in Hammerfest, Norway, believed to be a Russian spy, and she wanted to check it out. Even though there was not much information about the origin of the whale, he was suspected to have been trained by the Russian Navy to be a spy of sorts. They assume he escaped from a training facility. Since he was spotted, the whale was freed from his harness and he's continued to linger nearby in the waters.
The group headed down to the waterfront to see if they could spot the whale and when she leaned too close to the water, her phone slipped out of her jacket and fell into the water. She was under the assumption that she'd lost the phone forever, but she was in for a surprise. "We laid down on the dock to look at it and hopefully get the chance to pat it," Mansika told The Dodo. "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!"
Beluga whale retrieves cell phone, returns it to tourist https://t.co/X7wW5ETZCB— Hacker News (@newsycombinator) July 9, 2019
The whale was so considerate, despite being assumed to be a spy. All Mansika had to do was simply take the from his mouth! Who would have thought something like this was possible? In fact, Mansika was taken aback by the kind gesture. "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." Even though she got her phone back, the damage to the phone because the water was quite extensive and it was beyond repair. Mansika was appreciative regardless: "I love animals!" she said. "The whale is so kind."
He's gonna be ticked when they don't pay him in herring.— JT (@muerteds) May 9, 2019
When the whale was first spotted at Hammerfest, Jorgen Ree Wiig, a marine biologist at the directorate, told CNN that "The whale seemed playful but our instincts said that it was also asking for help to get out of the harness." The harness appeared to have been "specially made," Wiig said, and bore "mounts for GoPro cameras on each side of it," while the harness clips read "Equipment St. Petersburg." Wiig believes the whale may have originated from Murmansk, Russia. Martin Biuw, a marine mammal researcher at Norway's Institute of Marine Research, had to agree with Wiig as he said, "The fact that it's a trained animal is undebatable."
But did he have the decency to put it in rice for her first?!?!— Stache Smash (@GFYknierim) May 9, 2019
He saw the video and said, "It's quite clear that the whale is searching out the boat, and that it's used to being around boats. The whale is coming up with its head above the water, opening its mouth, which suggests that it's expecting to be fed fish as a reward." Such training, he said, "is not conducted by researchers or anyone in Norway or Greenland. Researchers there do not use harnesses." Biuw also added that any statement made on the whale's purpose would be "pure speculation," but added, "We know that the Russian military during the Cold War was training belugas to sniff out mines or old torpedoes." Wiig also said it was the best feeling ever when they freed the beluga whale from its harness!
That whale was admonishing her for littering in the ocean. It said, "here's your crap back."— Short Term Charisma (@ShortTermChrsma) May 10, 2019