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Friday, February 21, 2014

What Do You Know About Beluga Whales?

Did you know that Beluga whales are the smallest specimen of whale? How about that they are related to the Narwhals, the whale with a horn? Well, if you did not know that, I will tell you some more interesting things about Beluga whales. Baby Belugas are called calves, and they are not white, they are usually gray or even brown. They fade into their white skin around 5 years old. Belugas are the size of large dolphins, and they are 13 to 20 feet. Belugas live in small groups called pods. Belugas are very social, and can mimic a variety of sounds. They are usually seen in the Arctic Oceans. Some of them get trapped from the ice bergs and die, but that becomes food for polar bears, killer whales and Arctic people. Belugas have also been overly hunted by fishermen in the Arctic, and that has decreased their population a lot. Belugas eat fish, crustaceans, and worms.

Did you know that the scientific name for belugas is Delphinapterus leucas? Did you know that Belugas are mammals and are carnivores because they like to eat meat? Did you know that they have bulbous foreheads called a melon? Did you know that a Belugas heart can weigh up too 12 pounds? Did you know that Belugas live 35-50 years in the wild? Did you know that the largest male Beluga weighs up too 3,000 pounds, and females weigh up too 1,900 pounds? Well, if you did not I just told you.

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