Bel­uga Whale

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Did you know that “bel­uga” ac­tu­ally means “the white one” in Rus­sian? That’s

be­cause when these whales blow out their birth­day can­dles at age eight, they’ll of­fi­cially have turned all white. Most Bel­u­gas here in Canada call the St. Lawrence River home, but sadly, their home isn’t as clean as we’d like it to be, and Bel­u­gas can be harmed with chem­i­cals that are found in the wa­ter and even noise from ships and other hu­man ac­tiv­ity. Bel­u­gas have fairly small pods with be­tween two and 10 whales, and they feed to­gether in deep wa­ters. In fact, they some­times can’t see very much when they’re hunt­ing for their prey, be­cause when you go deeper than 100 me­tres in the ocean, it’s dark. So dark that Bel­u­gas have to use echolo­ca­tion to find fish to eat. Echo what?!! Echolo­ca­tion is some­thing that an­i­mals like bats and Bel­u­gas use to find things in the dark. They’ll make click­ing sounds and that sound will bounce off of fish — that gives them an idea of where the fish are and helps them to hunt.

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