The beluga whale is famous for its white skin color, however only the adults have this coloring. Young beluga whales are born grey and get lighter as they grow older. The beluga grows to about 15 feet (4.6 meters) long.
Even though these whales have teeth, they are not really useful when feeding because they are not particularly sharp or large. The beluga, therefore, has to depend on suction to draw prey into its mouth, which is swallowed whole. The size of their prey is important — if it is too big, it might get stuck in the whale’s throat. Otherwise, these whales are not very picky about their food — they feed opportunistically on a range of fish. Newborn beluga whales nurse underwater until they are about 20 months old.
Belugas are slow swimmers, but they have the ability to swim backward. They can even see above water, but not very well. They have excellent hearing and travel by echolocation.
The YouTube video playlist below contains videos about Beluga Whales. Details of the videos featured are underneath.
- Oceans – Beluga Whales in the Arctic – BBC Two – The Oceans expedition team become surrounded by Beluga Whales in the Arctic Ocean.
- Beluga Whales by BrianKGoingWild
- Beluga whales by Eramio Munive – Us up close with the beluga whales petting them.
- Beluga Whales at Churchill Wild by churchillwild – Beluga whales filmed at Churchill Wild’s Seal River Heritage Lodge
- Beluga Whale Talks Like a Human by NewsyScience – Research that was recently released shows that marine biologists discovered whales can make voices like humans back in 1984.
- Sunrise: Should Beluga whales be kept in zoos? by SunriseOn7 – US aquariums are trying to import Beluga whales from the Arctic, sparking a huge debate.