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The Beluga Whale’s striking appearance makes it a very interesting species to study. The stark white skin color paired with its bulbous head is such a contrast to other species of whales.
In the Beluga Whale Habitat Map below, you can see that Belugas live in the Arctic regions. Their white skin has adapted to life in the Arctic. Belugas are closely related to the Narwhal or “Unicorn Whale” which looks similar but has a long tusk protruding from its forehead.
Beluga Whales are extremely social and travel in pods of hundreds to thousands of members. Aerial views of Beluga Whales are incredible to witness, as they are easy to spot and travel in such large numbers.
Researchers have been able to distinguish 11 different sounds that Beluga Whales make! Belugas are often referred to as “sea canaries” due to their vocal behavior. Another form of communication that Belugas use is bubble formations!
You may have noticed that Belugas do not have dorsal fins. The purpose of this is to retain body heat in the frigid waters of the Beluga Whale Habitat.
A tourist friendly and excellent place to see Beluga Whales is Churchill, Manitoba in Canada.