Belugas are fund in Arctic and Subarctic waters along the northern coasts of Canada, Alaska, Russia, Norway and Greenland. It is estimated that between 72,000 and 144,000 belugas lives in Canadian waters.
These animals are distributed in the Western Arctic ( Beaufort Sea ), High Arctic ( Lancaster Sound, Baffin Bay), Eastern Arctic ( Cumberland Sound and Southern Baffin, Hudson Bay, James Bay and Ungava Bay ) and in the St-Lawrence Estuary.
This is where I come from, in Quebec, and I have the privilege to be able to go observe them at the site where the St-Lawrence and the Saguenay Rivers meet, at only just about 60 kilometers from my house.
There is less than a thousand of belugas there and this group of belugas are completely apart from the other groups; they stay there all year round and do not go up in the arctic waters. The region provides a lot of education and conservation awareness. Boat's excursions with scientists and marine biologists are provided to educate tourists and locals on how important this is to protect the species.
You can also go sea kayaking in the Saguenay Fjord, this is an amazing place, extremely deep and you will find the belugas very curious about the kayaks.
They will come right beside you, take a good look, pup their head right out of the water to take a breath and they will start playing around and even push the sea kayak from behind with their huge head sticking out of the water.
What ! You don't believe me! OK then, go on You Tube and type in " Beluga Retropropulsion ". It is really something to view. The video is from last summer and I guarantee you that I will try to go in the sea kayaks if I can this summer.
The white color of the beluga and the absence of a dorsal fin are the main distinguishing features, as indicated by the scientific name Delphinapterus leucas, which translates literally as" the white dolphin without a wing". The common name " beluga" means " the white one" in Russian.
In reality, only the adults are white; calves are born a brownish grey color and gradually pale to become totally white between six and eight years of age.
Mating takes place in April-May and gestation lasts about 14 months. Births occur between the end of June to early August. The lengthly gestation, followed by a nursing period of some 18 months results in females only being able to produce young approximately every three years.
They are very susceptible to the pollutants that we put in the water; they also get cancers from absorbing those pollutants like led, PCP, mercury and all the other crap we trough in there.
I hope these facts will help you think of how important it is to stop polluting the water and stop using chemicals and pesticides that end up in our rivers and oceans. Use products without phosphates and that are bio-degradable, read the labels on products you are buying for laundry, for washing dishes, your shampoos and conditioners, soaps and suds.
It is so easy... just take the time to inform yourself about the products you are using. Each of you can make a difference, one step at a time.
That's a really great bit of information. I'll start looking at the labbles for my laundry, shampoo, and dishes. Thank you for the eye opener.
Do the Belugas rub themselves on the pebbles in shallow water where you live? I know some of them do that in the esturaries when they are molting. I just can't remember where!
no, not those ones in the St Lawrence river because it is very deep where they are. The Saguenay Fjord is between extremely steep mountains and the water there is deeper than in the St Lawrence. There is no shallow place,and no pebbles.They maybe rubbing on the steep walls but it will be impossible to see it, I never saw it.
Did you watched the You Tube video?
Did you watched the You Tube video?
I might be thinking of the Baffin Island Belugas. I just watched the video. What an experience! He seemed to be facinated by the kayak's rudder. You don't realize how big they are until they are next to you!!