The GREMM research team was filming a group of belugas when they realized a narwhal was amongst them!
After the initial excitement of this discovery, our first question was: is this the same individual as the one observed in 2016 and 2017? We, therefore, landed the drone and took out our camera to take a few snapshots.
After photographing our vagrant as well as his companions from both sides, we were able to confirm that it was indeed the same narwhal!
Narwhals live in the icy waters of the Arctic, including those surrounding parts of Canada, Norway, Greenland, and Russia. They typically don’t range any farther south than northern Quebec’s Ungava Bay, located south of the southern tip of Baffin Island.
The researchers reported that it behaved like the belugas, even blowing bubbles from time to time, and drawing no special attention, except from one curious juvenile beluga.
But our question is how did the narwhal end up in the St. Lawrence in the first place?