Extremely rare white Beluga whales spotted off northern England beach

Belugas are “typically associated with pack ice,” said Dr Peter Evans, director of the Sea Watch Foundation. “It is very rare for them to travel as far south as NE England.” See video.

Their ghostly white forms normally blend with the ice floes of their native haunts off Greenland and the Barents Sea.

Filmed by Deb Powis. One of two beluga whales spotted off Warkworth Beach, Northumberland on 31 Aug 2015. A single beluga was first sighted in the area on the day before.

After one was filmed off the coast of County Antrim in July, two other belugas have now turned up in the North Sea.

Experts are highlighting the unusually low water temperatures this summer as a possible cause for their visits.

Deb Powis managed to capture some footage of the belugas on her mobile phone (see above video).

“There were locals who were walking their dogs who have been walking the beach all their life and have never seen a whale in all that time”, she said.

Highly distinctive whales, the pure white adult belugas can measure up to six meters (almost 20 ft) long, with small, bulbous heads and smooth backs with no dorsal fins.

The arrival of the beluga follows the sighting of another High Arctic cetacean, a bowhead whale, in the Isles of Scilly in February



Thanks to P Petsku and John at Bayshore for these links

17 thoughts on “Extremely rare white Beluga whales spotted off northern England beach

    • That night, such a frost ensued as we had never dreamed of … Then I heard that fearful sound, which never had I heard before and neither since have heard – the sharp yet solemn sound of trees burst open by the frost-blow. Our great walnut lost three branches. The ancient oak was rent, and many score of ash trees. But why should I tell all this? The people who have not seen it (as I have) will disbelieve, till another such frost comes again, which perhaps will never be.”

  1. HEY! You all have come to the WRONG conclusion!
    Remember that the Arctic (no ice)has warmed to the point that the COLDER water is now South of the Arctic! Lol…

  2. Don’t worry… The Ministry of Truth assuredly has a new “study” already underway in which models will conclusively show that this is an expected result of Global Warming.

  3. “Experts are highlighting the unusually low water temperatures this summer as a possible cause for their visits”

    I just love how the “experts” have for decades predicted the exact OPPOSITE of “unusually low water temperatures” anywhere on Earth – record temperatures year after year – then state the bleeding obvious when normally Arctic dwelling marine animals are spotted well south of the range they normally haunt.

    Wow – well done experts !

    • Sea ice is recovering well as the cooling continues; it takes a long time for the cool regions of the world to recover from the Solar Warm Period which ended in 2008. It’s a process in, partially melts during the Summer Melt season and refreezes a larger volume during the following winter. In addition its also a known fact that sea ice volumes are a seesaw between south and north, if Antarctica sea ice is expanding Arctic ice volume shrinks.
      In addition the recovery in Fish populations in Sub Arctic seas like British waters is recovering as the North Sea cools and the EU has reduced its hovering fish out of local waters.
      Whales eat fish and lots of it, as well as each other.

  4. In September 2007 about 30 miles to the NE of the belugas I was sailing around GB and found myself surrounded by a school of dolphin being hunted by a pack of orcas. The dolphins used the yacht’s deep long keel to outmanouvre their foes taking turns to swim out and get chased so the target dolphin was always a fresh and untired one. Orcas do venture into the north North sea from time to time. It was an amazing experience and the dolphins stuck with me until I reached the coast.

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