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WATCH: Whales Swim Beside Fishing Boat in LI Sound

Whales Swim Alongside Boat on Long Island Sound

This group of whales was caught on camera swimming alongside a boat off the coast of Fairfield on Wednesday afternoon. (Published Wednesday, May 20, 2015)

Four college buddies on an angling trip in the Long Island Sound this week came home with one heck of a fishing story — and the video to back it up.

Schofield Campbell, Charlie DeNatale, Ryan Bard and Brendan Miner were fishing off the coast of Fairfield, Connecticut, when they say they spotted a group of light gray forms underwater.

Those forms turned out to be whales, and they seemed to be following the boat. Video shows the marine mammals approach the boat and swim alongside it, breaching several times before disappearing back into the sea.

Miner said the group contacted Norwalk's Maritime Aquarium and showed experts the footage. The aquarium identified the whales as Belugas, which were also recently spotted near Narragansett Bay off of Rhode Island.

"Have there ever been whales in Long Island Sound?" one of the students wonders in the video.

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection says whales, porpoises and dolphins occasionally visit the sound.

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