Three Beluga whales that were reportedly spotted near Rhode Island in recent weeks have apparently also made their way to the Long Island Sound, having also been seen swimming in the Manhasset Bay on Friday.
The whales were spotted by North Hempstead Chief Bay Constable Mallory Nathan, who then reported the sighting to the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation.
Video of a beluga whale, which town officials said measured about 8-10 feet in length, was uploaded to the town’s Facebook page.
“It was a real thrill to spot the whales and I hope everyone will give them the respect they deserve and the space they need,” Nathan said in a statement.
The Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation said in a statement it is working with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to track the whales’ travels, and urged people stay 150 feet away from them “for your safety and theirs.”
Beluga whales are common in Canada and Alaska.
The whales were reportedly spotted on Tuesday in Oyster Bay Harbor.