Mansika was stunned.
"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."
Unfortunately, water damage had made the phone inoperable by that point, but Mansika was appreciative regardless: "I love animals!" she said. "The whale is so kind."
It's unclear if the beluga whale is too accustomed to humans to thrive in the wild on his own, given his apparent training, but officials say they are keeping his best interests at heart. According to the Washington Post, a plan is being considered that would have him relocated to a sanctuary in Iceland — a thoughtful gesture toward one who's already shown the same.