Swimming range of a beluga whale
Swimming range of a beluga whale
 
 
Size of a beluga whale <br>compared to an adult human
Size of a beluga whale
compared to an adult human
 
 
Head of a beluga whale
Head of a beluga whale
 
 
Tail of a beluga whale
Tail of a beluga whale
 
 
Beluga whale getting air
Beluga whale getting air
 
 
A pod of beluga whales
A pod of beluga whales
 
 
A pod of beluga whale swimming
A pod of beluga whale swimming
 
Beluga Whale
Topic(s):   Endangered Animals, Tundra Animals, Whales
Quick Facts
Type of Animal mammal
Habitat marine waters in the Arctic Ocean
Diet schools of fish, squid, crabs, octopus, shrimp
Weight up to 3,600 pounds (1,600 kilometers)
Male bull
Female cow
Baby calf
Group pod
Length up to 18 feet (5.5 meters)
Toothed or Baleen toothed
Life Span up to 30 years
Predators killer whales, polar bears, people
Endangered yes; water pollution, commercial fishing

The beluga whale is the only white whale in the world. It takes the beluga six years to turn all white. A baby beluga, called a calf, is born blue or gray. The mother whale feeds the baby for about two years.

The beluga whale lives in very cold water near Alaska and the Arctic. It lives in a family called a pod. There are as many as twenty whales in a group. The pod swims together. The pod hunts together. The whales protect each other.

A beluga is so noisy that it is sometimes called a sea canary. It sounds like a baby crying or a horse making a whinny sound. It can talk to other beluga whales using the sounds.

A beluga whale has 34 teeth. It uses its teeth to grab its food. After it grabs the food, it swallows it without chewing. The beluga can hold its breath for almost 15 minutes. That lets the whale stay underwater for a long time and hunt.

The beluga whale can live for up to 30 years. Sometime you can see this whale in aquariums.

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