For the past 4 weeks there has been a strange whale feeding near the bridge over the Hillsborough River in Mount Stewart:
Why is this whale strange? Well, it’s a beluga whale for one thing, and beluga whales are vagrants here, meaning they are very occasional visitors, not commonly seen around Prince Edward Island. Then there’s the strange location this whale has chosen to ‘hang out’ for no less than 5 weeks and counting. Mount Stewart is located way up river, not along the coast where you’d expect to see a whale every now and then. Then there’s the fact that this particular beluga has a huge hump on its neck/back, it’s like a humpback beluga, it looks very different from the other vagrant belugas I’ve seen in the last few weeks.
A local I spoke to at Laurie’s Country Kitchen expects the whale to stay until the end of June, as it is feeding on small fish (gaspereau) that have to pass through this bottleneck section of the river to get to sea. The beluga is just waiting for them at the bridge and feeding with relatively little effort.
So it turns out this strange whale is actually a smart whale, slowly turning into somewhat of a celebrity as it draws in a daily crowd, you can even get beluga whale cookies at the In The Mix Bakery (just down the road):
Let me know if the whale is still there when you go to see it. 🙂