Beluga whale, typical of Arctic, spotted in Puget Sound

Lost beluga in Seattle waters

A beluga whale sighting in Puget Sound, south of Vancouver, has scientists concerned.

The whales typically live far north in the Arctic and Sub-Arctic.

CTV News reports the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration confirmed this week it is tracking a beluga whale in the waters off Seattle.

“We are closely tracking sightings of a beluga whale in the Puget Sound area, hundreds of miles outside its usual range,” reads a statement from the agency’s Fisheries West Coast branch.

The whale was spotted in the area on Oct. 3, 4 and 7.

NOAA says it is on standby to respond to reports on the animal.

“Real-time sightings are very important to locate the whale, gathering photos and other data would help us understand where it is from and assess its health,” its statement continues.

Anyone who sees a beluga whale in the area is asked to record the time, date, location and direction the animal was heading, and to share any videos or photographs with the Orca Network at 1-360-331-3543 or the West Coast Marine Mammal Stranding Network Hotline at 1-866-767-6114.

with files from CTV Vancouver

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