Beluga whale

Beluga whale The Beluga Whale or White Whale (Delphinapterus leucas) lives in the arctic and subarctic regions. It gets its name from the Russian word 'beloye' which means 'white'. The Beluga is also called 'sea canary', because of its high pitch sounds it produces. They feed mainly on fish, but their diet also contains crab or squid. It is estimated that the world population of belugas is around 100,000 individuals, although it is declining. Through history, belugas have been an easy prey for hunting by humans, because of their predictable migration.

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The Beluga, white whale is listed as Vulnerable (VU), considered to be facing a high risk of extinction in the wild, on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

Some facts about the

Adult weight : 1430 kg (3146 lbs)

Maximum longevity : 40 years

Female maturity :1644 days

Male maturity : 2283 days

Gestation : 416 days

Weaning : 679 days

Litter size : 1

Interval between litters : 1004 days

Weight at birth : 66 kg (145.2 lbs)

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