Aquarium sets out to help stranded beluga
A beluga whale from the Vancouver Aquarium. Marineland in Niagara Falls has confirmed two if its beluga whales have died since last year. (Vancouver Aquarium/Facebook/QMI AGENCY)
The Vancouver Aquarium’s Marine Mammal Rescue Centre says it’s been asked to help rescue a beluga whale calf in the St. Lawrence Estuary in Eastern Canada.
A press release from the aquarium said the five-feet-long calf is stranded and in critical condition.
The aquarium's rescue team, lead by Dr. Martin Haulena, said it is cooperating closely with Dr. Robert Michaud to provide any emergency assistance to the threatened beluga whale calf.
The Vancouver Aquarium said it is committed to deploying all necessary resources to save the stranded beluga whale calf.
With immediate response to the stranded cetaceans, a team of professional experts from the rescue centre is on standby to provide instant hands-on assistance.
With the population at less than 1,000, belugas in the St. Lawrence Estuary are considered to be a threatened group.