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where whales and humans meet.


Wilma arrived in Chedabucto Bay, Nova Scotia in 1993. At that time, Wilma was two-years-old. DNA analysis determined that this young beluga likely originated from the group of endangered beluga whales inhabiting the St. Lawrence River.

During her six-year residency Wilma became an international celebrity, drawing visitors from around the world. Increasingly habituated to humans, boats and other objects, Wilma was subject to severe injuries and other human pressures.

The Whale Stewardship Project (WSP) implemented a comprehensive research, protection and education program for Wilma in 1998 with approval from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Canada.

In the spring of 1999 (when Wilma was about eight-years-old), she disappeared from Chedabucto Bay. Although Wilma has not since been sighted, the WSP continues to investigate all reported accounts of stray beluga whales in Atlantic Canada and maintains contact with beluga researchers working in the St. Lawrence River.

Wilma is featured in our award-winning educational documentary entitled "Where Whales and Humans Meet".

Whale Stewardship Project

P.O. Box 36101

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Canada   B3J 3S9



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