What you need to know about BELOUGA

What you need to know about BELOUGA


    Beluga whales are found in the United States in Alaska and globally throughout the Arctic Ocean. They are at home in large rivers and can move between salt and fresh water. 

    A thick layer of fat, called blubber, and thick skin helps them live in the freezing waters of the arctic and subarctic environment. Belugas also lack a dorsal fin so that they can swim under ice.

    Beluga whales are vulnerable to many stressors and threats, including pollution, habitat degradation, predation from killer whales, harassment, interactions with commercial and recreational fisheries, oil and gas exploration, disease, and other types of human disturbance such as underwater noise.

    And that's what you need to know  : 

    1- Baby belugas are born grey-ish brown and their skin lightens as they age, becoming fully white at up to 8 years of age.

    2- Beluga whales are one of the most vocal types of whales. Often called the "Canaries of the Sea"

    3- Beluga whales are relatively slow swimmerstravelling at roughly an average of 2-6 mph (3 to 9 km/h)

    4- The beluga is closely related to the narwhal; they are the only two members of the Monodontidae family

    5- Beluga whales are the only whales with the ability to turn their heads. Generally whales' vertebraes are fused, meaning that they don't have a lot of range of motion in the movement of their necks.

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