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Bald Eagle Caught Elegantly … Swimming?
Bald eagles are typically known for their elegant flying, skilled hunting and having such majestic strength and beauty that they became the U.S. national bird. But they also possess a lesser-known talent: swimming.

Yes, bald eagles are really good at swimming, a fact some of us learned this week from a viral video published by New Hampshire TV station WMUR.

In it, a bald eagle’s white head bobs rhythmically through the water. Occasionally a wing can be seen as the bird does an avian equivalent of the butterfly stroke. It moves quickly and gracefully through the water, covering a considerable distance before it reaches the shore of Lake Winnipesaukee. It calmly strides onto land, shaking the water from its feathers before it strikes a watchful, picturesque pose.

Woman Drops Phone In Water, Polite Beluga Whale Dives In And Brings It Back
Just imagine the anxiety Ina Mansika got when she accidentally dropped her phone into the ocean near Hammerfest, Norway. However, luckily for her, a friendly beluga whale her and her friends found it and returned it!

In video footage of the scene, we witness a woman sifting through the water in hopes to see where the phone was dropped. Seconds later, Dodo the harness-wearing whale opens his mouth, revealing the phone.

According to Ina, “We laid down on the dock to look at it and hopefully get the chance to pat [the whale]. 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!”

Although Ina’s phone no longer works, getting to witness a whale kindly returning the phone she dropped is something you don’t see every day! “Everyone was so surprised. We almost didn’t believe what we saw. I was super happy and thankful that I got my phone back,” she continues. I’m sure she was also happy to have video footage of Dodo the whale returning her phone!

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Photo courtesy Perry Klein / Flickr

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