Government supports adopt-a-beluga program

Montreal Gazette

QUEBEC

David Heurtel has become the father of a 3,000 pound baby.

Make that a giant baby beluga whale.

Heurtel, the province’s environment minister, announced Thursday he will spend $5,000 of his ministerial discretionary budget to symbolically adopt a member of the threatened species as part of a program to raise funds for whale research.

There’s no word on the whale’s name yet. Heurtel said he plans to kick the naming question over students in an elementary school in his home riding of Viau.

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“Through this adoption, we want to support the advancement of the science surrounding the protection of biodiversity and the natural environment,” Heurtel said.

The whale adoption program is run by the Groupe de recherche et d’éducation sur les mammifières marins (GREMM).

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