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Beluga whale spotted in Fall River

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Fall River, Mass. (WHDH) - Some people along the south coast of Massachusetts are getting a rare look at a nearly endangered whale.

A Beluga whale has been spotted several times, including in the Taunton River near the Veterans Memorial Bridge.

"Nobody knew what it was at first, so everybody started taking some pictures and a little video,” Zach Perrin said.

Beluga whales are usually seen in colder water.

"At first it was just something we had never seen before. It took a little while to believe our eyes what we were seeing,” Perrin said.

Perrin says the Provincetown Center of Coastal Studies confirmed it was a beluga whale.

The International Fund for Animal Welfare on Cape Cod said it has been tracking the whale since last Sunday.

"They said it was extremely unusual for it to be this far down. They said in the summer months it does tend to go toward warmer water," Perrin said.

Beluga whales are listed as near-threatened but are common sights in U.S. aquariums.

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