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Autopsy of narwhal found in the river Scheldt
On 27 April 2016, a dead narwhal was found in the river Scheldt, near the sluice of Wintam (Bornem). This is the first record of a narwhal in Belgium. Narwhals usually stay north of the 70° North latitude, and their home range includes arctic waters of Russia, Greenland and Canada. An autopsy was carried out on the stranded narwhal in a joint effort by scientists of our coast guard partner the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS), the University of Ghent and the University of Liège. The Institute also keeps a database with sightings and beachings of seals and other sea mammals.