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Beluga whales swam up the Kuskokwim River to Bethel and scientists want samples of them

Bethel, Alaska, United States

In an unusual event, a pair of beluga whales swam about 60 miles up the Kuskokwim River to Bethel. After word got out, boaters pursued the belugas and took at least one of them. Now, an official is working to collect samples of the animal to better understand where it came from.

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