Lone beluga whale spotted swimming 1,500 miles from home, and nobody knows why

A very rare, and unusual sighting off Seattle coast, has recently left, both wildlife enthusiasts and scientists baffled. A beluga seems to feel extremely comfortable in these waters, all alone. The last time, one was spotted here is over 80 years ago. But nevertheless, what’s even more intriguing is that the marine creature is nearly 1,500 miles from home.

Getty Images

Belugas are extremely social creatures and they live in large groups in the freezing waters off the Arctic. So it is very unusual to spot a beluga – all alone – swimming 30 miles off the Seattle coast. Now, the marine scientists are trying to shed light on this odd behaviour.

MailOnline

“The closest beluga population is Cook Inlet, Alaska(nearly 1,500 miles away from Seattle),” Howard Garrett, co-founder of Orca Network, explained for Live Science. “I haven’t checked the water temperatures there, but I’m sure they’re a bit colder up there than here.”

Image

“It was a surreal experience, to be sure,” the man told Live Science. “Sailing in Commencement Bay was the last place we thought we would see a whale, much less a beluga! There it was, swimming along peacefully, although it really felt out of place.”

So far, nobody has an explanation for the beluga’s odd behaviour. However, the marine experts have noticed the mammal has been swimming around three different shipyards.

“I don’t understand the attraction of a shipyard to a beluga,” said Howard Garrett. “Until we have some indication, my default theory is that this whale just decided to go out walking, go explore. It’s not totally unprecedented, but definitely very rare.”

Watch the lonely beluga swimming around Seattle coast

 

Related Posts

Ex-Google Engineer Says Layoff Via Email Was ‘Slap In The Face’ After 20 Years Of Service

A former Google software engineer expressed frustration about the company’s layoffs in a now-viral Tweet and what he described as “slap in the face” kind of way…

You will always be my 𝑏𝑎𝑏𝑦, but for now you are my new𝐛𝐨𝐫𝐧

Being a mother is physically and emotionally exhausting in the first few months after your 𝑏𝑎𝑏𝑦’s 𝐛𝐢𝐫𝐭𝐡. However, there’s no denying that it comes with its own…

Body Cam Footage Released Showing Incident Between Police And Tyre Nichols; Waited 22 Minutes For Ambulance

Five former Memphis police officers are charged with second-degree murder in the beating death of Tyre Nichols, a motorist fatally injured after a traffic stop. Breaking news:…

Abandoned Dog Roams The Street With A Piece Of Paper Tied To His Neck That Reads: ‘Please Love Me’, And The Heartbreaking Story Behind

A Tennessee animal shelter reunited an abandoned dog with her homeless owner after the fluffy companion was left with a heart-wrenching note that explained she didn’t have the means to take…

Pit Bull Frantically Grabs Baby And Pulls Her Out, Mom Ran After Not Believing What She Was Seeing Outside The House

Nana Chaichanhda kept chanting the same thing over and over again: “I owe Sasha my life.” While everyone in the neighborhood was asleep, there was an inferno…

Husband Of Police Officer Murdered On Duty Struggles To Raise Baby, Then 32-pound Delivery Arrives In Mail

A group of California mothers are taking it upon themselves to help a 4-month-old 𝑏𝑎𝑏𝑦 whose police officer mother was shot and 𝓀𝒾𝓁𝓁ed in Palm Springs on…