Watch the incredible moment in the video below.
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A few weeks ago, a whale appeared in the open waters around Hammerfest, Norway a beluga whale fitted with a harness.
Later, it was discovered that a harness that read “Equipment St. Petersburg” was wrapped around the beluga’s body. One woman named Ina Mansika was curious to see the “spy” but she had no ideas that Belgua would be her rescuer.
Mansika told The Dodo: “We laid down on the dock to look at it and hopefully get the 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!”
“Everyone was so surprised. We almost didn’t believe what we saw,”
“I was super happy and thankful that I got my phone back.”
Norwegian’s fishermen first spotted this whale and they noticed that it was harassing their boats continuously.
In a statement to The Washington Post on Friday, the PST offered a rare confirmation, saying that “the harness is currently in our possession.”
“We must admit that examining technical equipment attached to whales is not a daily occurrence for PST. It is unclear if we will find anything,” said Martin Bernsen, a PST communications adviser. But he offered this reassurance to the beluga’s rapidly growing fan base: “The whale is not a suspect in our investigation, for now.”
According to The Washington post, ‘’Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries official Jorgen Ree Wiig told them that the beluga “was the first thing I saw outside of the window” of his patrol ship in the morning.
Speaking from the city of Hammerfest, he said the whale had moved only about 25 nautical miles within the past week and appeared to enjoy being close to humans, which he noted was “strange” for a beluga.’’
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