Nfld. & Labrador

Beluga tailing western Nfld. lobster fishermen

Fishermen in Port au Port Bay, in western Newfoundland, say a large white mammal has been a constant companion while they set their lobster traps this spring.

Fishermen in Port au Port Bay, in western Newfoundland, say a large white mammal has been a constant companion while they set their lobster traps this spring.

"He eats the lobster that we throw over, that's his main source of food," said Kevin Duffenais, as he slopped baitfish into a bucket beside his boat launch.

Duffenais said the brazen, two-metre-long beluga whale has been following lobster fishermen all season.

He said the whale has been rubbing up against fishermen's boats and chasing their traps as they're hauled up to the surface.

"He don't want to go away because he thinks we're feeding him," said Duffenais.

He said that during the more than 20 years he has been fishing he has never seen anything like it.

"Usually [belugas] are near the Northern Peninsula not in these waters. So, I says he probably took a stray somewhere along the way and ended up here," said Duffenais.

Fishermen here say they've had calls from a marine mammal specialist with the federal Fisheries Department, but so far no one has come to investigate.

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