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Beluga whale

Delphinapterus leucas


Photographed at Arctic Watch Lodge, Cunningham Inlet, Somerset Island, Nunavut. Arctic Watch is home to one of the largest beluga whale congregations on earth. Home to an annual 2000 beluga whales, the whales spend one month in the esturary of the Cunningham River, playing in the shallow water, frolicking, jumping, etc.. I photographed this image on a sunny day, standing from the shoreline; a few yards away, this whale kept surfacing, playing with its tail, and doing "Bananas"...


Arctic ocean

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36 Comments (1–25)

James McNair
James McNair 7 years ago

So cool to see in the wild, great shot

Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 8 years ago

a beauty!

Beautiful photo! Congratulations on your SOTD!

that is so cool

Congratulations on the SOTD !

alicelongmartin 9 years ago


Jolly Ibañez
Jolly Ibañez 9 years ago

Congratulations Tessum. Thanks for sharing this awesome creature not found in our tropical waters.

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 9 years ago

Congratulations Beautiful Spot !!!

Wild Things
Wild Things 9 years ago


Smith'sZoo 9 years ago

Exquisite spot! Well done!

KarenL 9 years ago

Congratulations Tessum! I'm looking forward to more awesome spottings from you!

NuwanChathuranga 9 years ago

Congratulations Tessum !!!

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 9 years ago

nice congrats

Congratulations, beautiful picture and creature.

Azura Firdaus W
Azura Firdaus W 9 years ago


CarolSnowMilne 9 years ago

Great Spot! Congratulations!

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 9 years ago

Congratulations ! - looks like a lovely sunny day..thanks.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

Congratulations Tessum . Superb work you guys are doing. Thanks again for sharing.

Atul 9 years ago

Wow .... Congratulations!!!!

Yasser 9 years ago

A warm welcome and a huge congratulations for earning Spotting of the Day honors! Thanks for sharing such a wonderful photo and for contributing to the Arctic Watch mission. We look forward to seeing more of your observations and watching this mission grow!

"Unlike most cetaceans, beluga whales have an extremely flexible neck and can turn their head almost 90 degrees to the side. Their lips are also flexible and can form a variety of facial expressions"


Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 9 years ago

Welcome to PN :)

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 9 years ago

Wonderful :)

LeanneGardner 9 years ago


ceherzog 9 years ago

Look forward to more of your spottings...Welcome!

CarolSnowMilne 9 years ago


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Nunavut, Canada

Spotted on Jul 10, 2012
Submitted on Sep 10, 2012

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