TAUNTON, Mass. (AP) _ The creature spotted swimming in the Taunton River this month has been confirmed as a beluga whale.
The International Fund for Animal Welfare sent an aircraft to spot the mammal after getting reports about it in the southeastern Massachusetts river.
The Taunton Daily Gazette reports that the lone whale has been seen at various points, as far inland as Dighton.
Experts say belugas are usually found in arctic and subarctic waters. They are also usually found in groups of 10 or more.
Tony LaCasse of the New England Aquarium says it may have been pushed out of its natural habitat, it may be lost, or may simply have a case of wanderlust.
The IFAW says it will to monitor the situation but probably won’t intervene unless its health deteriorates.
Information from: Taunton (Mass.) Daily Gazette, http://www.tauntongazette.com
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