The story of a group of beluga whales adopting sea ruffles in the St. Lawrence River is featured in a documentary produced by the Disney giant.
The documentary, “Secrets of the Whales,” has been available on Disney + since April 22, 2021.
This James Cameron documentary (“Titanic”, “Avatar”) focuses on several marine mammals, including this unexpected story of inter-species adoption.
Since 2016, this little daffodil has been seen in the waters of the St. Lawrence River in the company of groups of beluga whales. The Marine Mammal Research and Education Group (GREMM) has been documenting this unique story right from the first sight.
“Whenever I see the Rhino, he will never be alone.” Mary Yves Moll, GREMM Communications Director, explained Thursday that he is still in a group of beluga whales, and appears to have a very active social life.
This rhino is several thousand kilometers from its natural habitat. The Rhino usually lives in Arctic waters and is recognized by its colossal horn that can grow up to 1.5 meters in adulthood.
The fact that beluga whales allowed this rhino to incorporate its herd is extremely rare. “Cases of intra-species adoption or sustainable integration are very rare and it is really something that shows how complex the whale community is, how rich it is and full of diverse social ties,” Mary added. – Yves Muller.
So Disney decided to include this story in its documentary about whales. The Red Rock Films, National Geographic, and Disney teams spent two weeks in summer 2019 taking photos of Narcissus and his beluga mates. Unfortunately, finding St. Lawrence Narwal wasn’t as easy as expected and the filmmakers had to be patient as they were able to spot it on the last day of filming.
“They were in the mourning stage of the Rhino and on the last day, at last, we spotted daffodils with them, so they could take their pictures and tell this story,” said Mary-Yves Muller.
The Rhino is not yet seen in 2021, but it was seen many times last summer. GREMM is also looking for a name for this daffodil.