A trapped beluga whale that swam into the Nepisiguit River by mistake two weeks ago was rescued Thursday and flown from Bathurst, N.B., to Quebec. 
Scientists who ran the 2½-hour rescue mission said the whale will join an adoptive pod in the St. Lawrence River.
The mammal wouldn’t have got out of the river on its own, the experts said. 
They hope the rescue will improve the whale’s chance of survival after its stay in the northern New Brunswick river. 
The rescue mission got underway early Thursday morning. Scientists with GREMM, a marine mammal research group based in Quebec, used a hoop net, a stretcher and an inflatable mattress to capture the whale.
After coaxing the mammal into the net shortly after noon, the group carried it from the water and lifted it into the back of a truck for transportation to the airport.
The aircraft carrying the whale landed in Rivière-du-Loup, Que., at about 1:45 p.m. ET. There, it was transferred to another truck for …