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Over 1000 Belugas Spotted off St. Anthony, Newfoundland
The citizens of St. Anthony on the north coast of Newfoundland woke up to a marine spectacle never before seen along that piece of coast this morning (April 25, 2009). What local observers estimate to be in excess of one thousand beluga whales are turning the near shore ocean white with their activities.
Beluga whales are occasional visitors to Newfoundland and Labrador but mass migrations like this have never been recorded in the region. Perhaps this is another ominous sign of global warming or perhaps it means we still have much to learn about these famous white whales. Belugas are known to come together in large social gatherings of thousands of individuals but this is the first time such a gathering has been spotted off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador.
The whales appear to be acting normally and are avoiding coming too close to the coast. Fishing Point, St. Anthony is one of your best vantage points for this never-before-seen spectacle of nature.
The Whale Release and Strandings Network’s Wayne Ledwell has never heard of a beluga gathering like this off the province’s coast. Neither has St. Anthony’s Paul Alcock of Northland Discovery Tours or Atlantic Whale’s biologist Dave Snow although all are aware of single belugas off Newfoundland and small groups of just over a dozen spotted off the Labrador coast.