Mortality 2021: An Ominous Year for Belugas

2021 will be no exception. Once again, researchers and specialists are concerned by the mortalities being observed in the St. Lawrence beluga population. In 2021, 19 beluga carcasses were reported and examined on the shores of the St. Lawrence as part of the carcass monitoring program conducted by the Quebec Marine Mammal Emergency Response Network. … Meer lezen

Belugas are back: Spring monitoring kicks off on the Kenai

Each spring, trained volunteers like Hild with the Alaska Beluga Monitoring Partnership perch on the Kenai and Kasilof bluffs and along Turnagain Arm to spot the critically endangered whales and record observations for researchers with NOAA Fisheries, so they can learn more about what the population is doing and why it isn’t rebounding. >> read … Meer lezen

Beluga swimming off the coast of Seattle

There’s a big white whale swimming off the coast of Seattle, and no one knows why. Over the past week, people in the greater Seattle area have spotted the white whale swimming around Puget Sound. The wayward cetacean — a beluga — is normally found in Arctic and subarctic waters. >> read more of lees … Meer lezen

Microplastics in beluga whale (Delphinapterus leucas) prey: An exploratory assessment of trophic transfer in the Beaufort Sea

We investigated microplastic ingestion and transfer within the Beaufort Sea Beluga whale food web. Using five fish species key to the Beluga whale diet we found microplastics ingestion in one in five of the animals. Microplastics were dominated by synthetic fibers, consistent with the Beluga whale contamination trends in our recent study. >> read more … Meer lezen

Beluga whales are not always white

Beluga whales are one of the most iconic whales found in Canadian waters. But did you know that these whales are not always white? Belugas are born slate grey and can remain this colour for up to eight years. Watch this video to learn more and check out our Marine Life Encyclopedia to discover more of the amazing animals found along Canada’s coasts.

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