Mystic Aquarium team to investigate reports of beluga whales in RI

Beluga whales off the coast of Jamestown_171864

JAMESTOWN, R.I. (WPRI) – A team from Mystic Aquarium is traveling to Rhode Island Monday to investigate reports that three beluga whales were spotted in the water near Jamestown.

Biologists, whale experts, veterinarians, and members of the Animal Rescue Team are being deployed to Narragansett Bay.

“While only video footage is available at this time, the behavior witnessed looks to be normal,” said Mystic Aquarium’s lead Veterinarian Dr. Allison Tuttle.

The team is working with NOAA Fisheries and local authorities to locate the three whales.

A formal review will be made once visual contact has been made to determine the health of the three marine mammals to determine any required next course of action.

Work done by top researchers including Dr. Tracy Romano is providing specialized data as external factors on this threatened species are examined.

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