The whitish color and prominent forehead make this species easily distinguishable from other whales. A bunch of beluga likes to hang out together, showing their social and friendly side. They love to sing, hence the “canary of the sea.” Interestingly they could adapt well to ice-cold or warm oceans.
Newborn calves take some time to develop insulating fat; therefore, these whales move toward warmer waters at birth. They have a well-developed sense of hearing and sight. Navigation in dark or muddy waters restricts the use of acute eyes, but they have a backup option in echolocation. They have teeth, but like other whales, they prefer to eat via swallowing. The sharp teeth, however, might be utilized to shatter bigger prey into tiny pieces.
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- May migrate thousands of kilometers (miles) a year, but normally within the Arctic waters.
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Terrestrial / Aquatic
Altricial / Precocial
Polygamous / Monogamous
Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic
Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal
Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd / Group
Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore
Migratory: Yes / No
Domesticated: Yes / No
Dangerous: Yes / No