Stranded miles and miles away from home, things weren’t looking too good for this lost juvenile narwhal. Fortunately, the wandering youngster is doing just fine thanks to his new pals, a local gang of beluga whales. The unlikely pod was spotted in the waters of the St Lawrence River near the province of Quebec by the Group for Research and Education on Marine Mammals (GREMM) back in July. Each year, GREMM researchers head to the river and its estuary to count and photo-ID the pods of beluga whales. Much to their surprise, they noticed a strange addition to the gang: a young narwhal, some 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) south of its usual Arctic range. By all appearances, the lost narwhal has been adopted by the belugas, happily living alongside them, despite their obvious differences. You can spot the narwhal in the image above thanks to its speckled gray coloring and its long single tusk. "It behaves like it was one of the boys," Robert Michaud, GREMM’s president and scientific director, told CBC News . It’s actually quite surprising that beluga whales, let alone narwhals, are in St Lawrence River as they are primarily found in icy Arctic waters. The […]

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