Beluga whale spotted off Northern Ireland for the first time

A beluga whale has been spotted off the coast of County Antrim in Northern Ireland. It’s believed to be the first time the white-skinned Arctic species has been recorded in the area.

A beluga whale in the Vancouver Aquarium.

A beluga whale in the Vancouver Aquarium. Image by Greg Dunlap / CC BY 2.0

Rare sightings of whales in Europe have been increasing in recent years, and the first-ever European sighting of a bowhead whale took place in February in the Isles of Scilly. It is thought that fragmenting sea ice may have encouraged whales to range further south. Read more: 

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