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Beluga Whale

Delphinapterus leucas

Description:

This marine mammal is commonly referred to as the sea canary due to its high-pitched twitter. It is up to 5 m (16 ft) in length and an unmistakable all-white color with a distinctive protuberance on the head. From a conservation perspective, the beluga is considered "near threatened" by the International Union for Conservation of Nature; however the subpopulation from the Cook Inlet in Alaska is considered critically endangered and is under the protection of the United States' Endangered Species Act. Of seven Canadian beluga populations, two are listed as endangered, inhabiting eastern Hudson Bay, and Ungava Bay.

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Photographed at the Vancouver Aquarium

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2 Comments

RachelM
RachelM 13 years ago

Thank you, animaisfotos!

animaisfotos
animaisfotos 13 years ago

Amazing Photo. Just love the choice of B\W. Like ghosts in the water... Thanks for sharing.

RachelM
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RachelM

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Spotted on Feb 26, 2009
Submitted on May 26, 2011

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