A family was recently on vacation on the Canadian banks of the St. Lawrence River when they came upon a washed-up newborn Beluga whale on the shoreline. When they approached her, they observed that the newborn’s umbilical chord was still connected, indicating that she was only a few hours old. Because her mother was unable to be found, the family’s lads began hydrating the orphan until aid arrived.
Nicholas Milliard, 15, who discovered the calf with his younger siblings, told CBC News, “We dug a hole so that water would gather and its skin would moisten.” “Every five minutes, we got it a gallon of water,” says the narrator. The water level was falling, and getting water was becoming increasingly difficult.”
Researchers from the Group for Research and Education on Marine Mammals (GREMM) arrived later in the afternoon to assist with the rescue attempt. They returned the infant to the ocean and introduced her to various Beluga whale pods in the hopes that she would locate a nursing whale (if not her mother, whose destiny remains a mystery). Because it was now dark, the researchers had to leave her in the dark, but they did take a sample of her skin to be able to follow her in the future if necessary. Though the infant may have a difficult time surviving, she deserves a chance to live in her native environment after everything she’s been through.
An orphaned juvenile Beluga whale washed up on the beach of Canada just a few hours ago.
Nicholas Milliard, 15, explained, “We excavated a hole so that water would gather and its skin would be hydrated.”
The Canadian family kept pouring water on the baby whale every 5 minutes until the rescue group arrived.
In the hopes of locating a nursing whale, the newborn whale was returned to the ocean and exposed to various pods of Beluga whales.