Beluga Whales Spotted Again in Tri-State Area

It appears the three beluga whales spotted on the North Shore during Memorial Day Weekend have decided to visit New Jersey.

We see how it is.

Originally from Canada, the whales were seen in Rhode Island before making appearances in Manhasset Bay over MDW and Shoreham Tuesday, May 26. Researchers thought they were headed home, which is believed to be the St. Lawrence River in Canada (One of the whales is a male from the endangered beluga population living in St. Lawrence River, and it is believed the two others are also members of the group.).

The whales had other ideas. They headed southwest to the Jersey Shore, where three reports from members of the public placed the trio less than a mile from the Sandy Hook Bridge Sunday morning, according to Marine Mammal Stranding Center senior field technician Jay Pagel.

Belguas tend to live off Canada and Alaska, so while some have made lone trips to the Island, having three at a time is unprecedented.

“I don’t think you’ll find many people saying there’s another group of three,” Kim Durham, research program director for the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation, told Newsday. “Do I know 100 percent? No. But is it the same animals? It has to be.”

Can whales fist pump?

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