PORTSMOUTH, RI (WTNH) — Researchers at Mystic Aquarium have successfully located the three Beluga Whales that were spotted in Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay on Monday.
Researchers at Mystic Aquarium have officially found the three Beluga Whales that were spotted in Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay on Monday.
The researchers have captured video of the belugas and report that they appear to be in good health. The scientists said they saw no entanglements or other visible health hazards.
Mystic’s team will continue to research these whales to determine if they are part of an endangered population of beluga’s called “Saint Lawrence Belugas.” They also hope to discover why the belugas have traveled so far away from home.
Mystic’s veterinarian, Dr. Allison Tuttle, speculates that it could be because of Rhode Island’s large influx of the squid population; supplying more food for the whales.
Dr. Tuttle says this is not the first time Belugas have been spotted outside of their natural arctic habitat. Last summer, Belugas were spotted in the in the Taunton River in southeastern Massachusetts.
Families interested in seeing beluga whalers up close and personal can check out the Beluga Encounter Program at the Mystic Aquarium.