Friday, May 14, 2010

Beluga whale "guest" spotted again in Bay of Fundy

It seems that the beluga whale that found its way mysteriously into the Bay of Fundy two years ago is still hanging around.

Regular readers of my blog in 2008 may remember my post about "Q", a juvenile beluga who was 'in love' with a bell buoy and living off the coast of Cape Chignecto on the Nova Scotia side of the bay.

Although about 15 species of whales live in the Bay of Fundy from April through November, this sighting was unusual because: a) it was in the upper bay (our whales all live at the mouth of the bay), b) it was a beluga - a whale that normally lives in the Gulf of St Lawrence, several hundred miles from Fundy, c) it was traveling solo (without its normal pod).

It appears that "Q" has re-surfaced off the coast of St Martins, New Brunswick, about 30 km across the from its 2008 location at Cape Chignecto. Don't get too excited about thoughts of going whale watching though: it's well out into the bay and won't be able to be seen from shore. Besides, this whale is more likely to return to its original habitat the less it has contact with people.

4 comments:

Sarah @ Mum In Bloom said...

Wow, what a sweet story. That whale is adorable.

Shelley said...

Wonderful! Please keep us updated on this beautiful creature of the deep. Too bad we can't see it from the shoreline....but we can't have everything can we?

Mezamashii said...

Awww!

Signessx1 said...

I don't know if you heard but we had a kayak trip with Fresh Air adventures in Alma last week and spent 45 minutes with Q in the harbor. He was bumping our boats, playing with the rutters and let my daughters pet him! INcredible once in a lifetime experience!!!!