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WATCH: This Group of Beluga Whales Adopted a Lonely Narwhal

This lone narwhal hangs out exclusively with a pod of belugas — and he even acts like one, too.

For the last three years now, the St. Lawrence River in Canada has had an unusual resident: a narwhal, the whale with a unicorn-like horn (actually a tusk) that typically lives more than 600 miles north of there.

Even stranger?

This lone narwhal hangs out exclusively with a pod of belugas — and he even acts like one, too.

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Groups of beluga bros tend to swim and play around together in the water, and in this particular pod, a young, male narwhal hangs out with them. Researchers spotted him blowing bubbles from time to time, just like the belugas.

They really seem to welcome him as part of their group, too.


It's not that belugas and narwhals are sworn enemies like the Capulets and the Montagues — they're just not usually hanging out in the same area.

Plus, they do have some differing food preferences. Narwhals dive down for deepwater fish, while belugas tend to prefer shallower waters with less ice. They both communicate through a series of chirps and clicks, but researchers aren't sure how similar their languages are.

They're also both very social animals, which helps explain why this lost narwhal was able to join their crew.

They also both seem to enjoy wandering sometimes — young belugas are known to get as far from Canada as New Jersey.


Sadly, if whales decide to make new friends with humans because they can't find a cool whale crew to roll with, they can put themselves in danger of being hit by boats.

So it looks like this narwhal really lucked out and found a great group of friends.


And also, because we know you're wondering, he may be able to find a beluga girlfriend one of these days, too. A study published back in 1993 described the skull of what researchers believed could be a beluga-narwhal hybrid, but DNA evidence never confirmed it.

The narwhal may just have to keep chilling with his pals until he runs into another vagrant narwhal, but he certainly looks like he's having fun now.

Enjoy the single life, narwhal!


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