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Lost narwhal taken in by arctic whitetails! - video

An unusual situation occurred in Canadian waters, where scientists from Quebec observed a narwhal accompanying a group of Arctic belugas. The animals, although belonging to completely different species, roamed together in the freezing waters enjoying each other’s company. The young narwhal was probably lost, as the place where the observation was made is 1000 km
Published: September 14, 2018 - 11:10
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 17:15
Lost narwhal taken in by arctic whitetails! – video

An unusual situation occurred in Canadian waters, where scientists from Quebec observed a narwhal accompanying a group of Arctic belugas. The animals, although belonging to completely different species, roamed together in the freezing waters enjoying each other’s company. The young narwhal was probably lost, as the place where the observation was made is 1000 km away from the typical area where the species is found.

Whale researchers in the St. Lawrence River, Quebec, are celebrating a remarkable discovery – a young narwhal far from its Arctic home is happily docking with a group of whales. The unusual situation was filmed using a drone.

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Although both species are highly social and readily socialise, narwhals and belugas do not meet in Arctic waters. While both species are closely related, they have different hunting habits and many distinct habits.

The long, spiralling fang and stained grey skin of the narwhal, stands out clearly against the pale bodies of the beluga whale group. However, this does not prevent the two species from playing and courting together. Thus, once again, the drones have allowed scientists to observe something that had not even been considered until now.

[blockquote style=”2″]”Until now we have only seen a fraction of the lives of these remarkable animals. Now we have more powerful tools to study their interactions and the longer we study them, the more fascinating they become.” – said biologist Robert Michaud[/blockquote].

This is an unusual and hitherto unexplored interbreeding between the two species. Researchers hope that by following this group, they will be able to gain a better understanding of the two species and the rare phenomena that occur between them.

Source: cbc.ca

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