Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Beluga Rescued from N.B. River Last Year Spotted Alive and Well: Group

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Beluga Rescued from N.B. River Last Year Spotted Alive and Well: Group

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Rescued beluga spotted alive and well

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MONTREAL - A young beluga that was rescued from a New Brunswick river and released in Quebec last year has been spotted alive and well off the coast of Nova Scotia, a marine mammal research group said Friday.

The Group for Research and Education on Marine Mammals said in a statement that the whale was spotted last week near Ingonish, Cape Breton, in the company of another male beluga.

"According to the images that have been transmitted to us, the Nepisiguit beluga appears to be in good health. He appears vigorous and is swimming well," said veterinarian Stephane Lair of the Universite de Montreal.

The rescued whale was saved in a complex operation in June 2017 that saw the endangered marine mammal travel by land, sea and air before being returned to the sea near Cacouna, Que. …

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