WATCH: Defected Russian Spy Whale Saves Cell Phone Woman Dropped into the Sea


A former Russian spy whale saved a woman’s phone in Hammerfest, Norway after she accidentally dropped it into the depths of the Norwegian Sea, only to have the beluga swim down and retrieve it.

Marine experts determined that the beluga was trained by the Russian Navy after he recently appeared outside Hammerfest with a harness attached to it that was made in St. Petersburgh, Russia. The harness, which has since been taken off the defected whale, had rails on it so trainers could attach cameras to the beluga.

The whale has stayed in the waters outside of Hammerfest and become a local attraction of his own.

After Ina Mansika went to visit the whale recently, she mistakenly let her phone slip out of her coat pocket and slide into the water nearby. In a clip that has since gone viral on social media, the beluga dove after the phone and picked it up with his teeth to offer it back to Mansika.

“Everyone was so surprised. We almost didn’t believe what we saw,” Mansika said, despite the phone taking too much water damage to be saved after the beluga’s effort. “I was super happy and thankful that I got my phone back.”

“The whale is so kind,” she added.

Authorities are planning to relocate the former Russian spy whale to a sanctuary in Iceland.

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