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Why are belugas called sea canaries? Find out this and more with our species guide #frozenplanet

Why are belugas called sea canaries? Find out this and more with our species guide #frozenplanet

Synonym: Sea canary, White whale, Belukha, Beluga Related Projects: WDCS Supported projects in Canada and Russia Classification: The beluga or white whale has been well-studied. It has also been heavily exploited over past decades, hunted for food and captured for display. The bright white skin makes it easy to see in contrast to the dark ocean, but it also allows it to blend in with floating ice or whitecaps. This colouration also makes it hard to be confused with other species; only young narwhals might be mistaken for young belugas but the accompanying adult makes identification easy. The narwhal and the beluga together comprise the Monodontidae family. Appearance: A beluga calf is born dark grey, with sometimes a bluish or brownish tinge that gets lighter with age. It turns pure white between 5 to 12 years. The adult beluga sometimes has a yellowish tinge, caused by a ...

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