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Saturday, October 31, 2009

Beluga encounter in Bay of Fundy

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Beluga encounter in Bay of Fundy is rare

Published Saturday October 31st, 2009



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One can only imagine the complete serendipity when this huge white whale appeared out of nowhere alongside the small boat of Luke Collins and Elizabeth MacDonald off Cape Enrage near Alma in July of this past summer.
We are fortunate in New Brunswick to have a significant community of whale species that live or come to visit areas of our New Brunswick coastline, especially in areas of that giant food hamper, the Bay of Fundy.
We are indeed blessed to have the vast majority of the world's remaining North Atlantic Right Whale population join us in the Grand Manan Basin each summer to socialize as well as feed their calves.
Whales, being mammals, nurse their young with milk and breathe air. Other species that ply our waters like the Humpback, Finback and Minke Whales give whale watchers that thrill of a lifetime.
Then there is that striking white beauty, the Beluga Whale which currently does not make our coastal area home. Therefore, it was with an air of skepticism when I received a photo of a beautiful white beluga taken in the Bay of Fundy adjacent to Cape Enrage near Alma.
A quick query as to the photographer soon assured this was 'for real.'
In July of 2009, Luke Collins and Elizabeth MacDonald, grandchildren of well-known Alma residents Reg and Marina Collins, were out for a leisurely cruise in a small boat to explore Grindstone Island and Cape Enrage.
One can only imagine the sheer surprise to have a white whale come up to their boat circling around them and seemingly very much wanting their attention.
It came so close they were able to reach out and touch it. Fortunately they had cameras with them to record the event.
Some sleuthing into this beluga encounter off Cape Enrage has led to some rather intriguing discoveries.
There has been some other belugas come to the Maritimes in recent years that were very significant events. A bit of background information is indicated before we visit these scenarios.

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