NARRAGANSETT – Multiple Beluga whales have recently been spotted in waters around the state, including Narragansett Bay and the Taunton River.
Marine mammal ecologist Robert Kenney, a retired scientist from the URI Graduate School of Oceanography and Narragansett resident, received footage from a local man who recorded a possible Beluga sighting in Narragansett Bay near Bonnet Shores on Father’s Day. Kenney confirmed that the creature was in fact a Beluga.
Local realtor Dale Denelle saw the whale while out on the water on Father’s Day.
“I was out fishing near Whale Rock lighthouse and it for sure surprised me at first,” Denelle said. “All I saw was this very big white thing swim under the boat. I actually backed away from the edge of the boat not knowing what I saw. I thought it was my imagination at first but I did get my camera ready,” he continued. “When it popped up to breathe I thought right away and said ‘I think it’s a Beluga Whale.’ When it came up the second time and swam under the boat for the third time I was pretty sure.”
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