Beluga Whale rescued from Nepisiguit River, Bathurst, New Brunswick

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Rescue Team corrals beluga with seine net

Beluga carried in stretcher from river

Juvenile beluga weighs between 250 - 300 lbs

Beluga carried to awaiting transport trailer

Beluga kept cool on foam mat in trailer

Beluga loaded into plane for his flight home

GREMM video of release into the St Lawrence River near Cacouna, Quebec

We wish to acknowledge all who contributed to the success of the rescue:

Group for Research and Education on Marine Mammals, Marine Animal Response Society, Maritime Marine Animal Response Network, Réseau québécois d’urgences pour les mammifères marins [Quebec Marine Mammals Emergency Response Network], Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s Science Team, Conservation and Protection Team, and the Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Gulf Region/Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Quebec Region Management Team, Parks Canada, Transport Canada, Centre de remorquage 2000, the Université de Montréal Faculté de médecine vétérinaire, Vancouver Aquarium, Shedd Aquarium, Whale Stewardship Project, the Port of Gros-Cacouna, Arrimage Québec, the Rivière-du-Loup Airport, Bathurst Regional Airport, the Bathurst and Rivière-du-Loup police services, New Brunswick firefighters and all on-site volunteers at different locations.

Rescued Beluga returned home to the St. Lawrence River!
June 15, 2017

WSP was part of a team of experts who conducted the historic rescue and relocation of an imperiled  lone beluga from the Nepisiguit River, Bathurst, New Brunswick to the St Lawrence River Estuary near Cacouna, Quebec.

Photo Credit- Andrew Ryan/The Northern Lights