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|Scientific name:||Delphinapterus leucas|
|Conservation Status:||Near Threatened|
|Lifespan:||up to 70 years|
Beluga whales are Arctic and sub-Arctic cetaceans, and the only members that belong to the genus Delphinapterus.
Belugas have completely adapted to Arctic life and can be spotted by their pure white colouring, uniquely shaped head, and lack of dorsal fin. The beluga’s protruding head is the housing for an organ called the “melon” which modulates their vocals and acts like a sound lens.
Beluga Whales can be found in Alaska, Northern Canada, Western Greenland and Russia. They keep to Arctic and Sub-Arctic waters.
Beluga Whales are considered Near Threatened by the IUCN Red List. Read more about whale threats.