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Beluga Whale
Characteristics
Scientific Name:
Delphinapterus leucas
Family Name:
Monodontidae
Size:
3.5 - 5.5 m
Weight:
1500 kg
Color:
born at grey-cream colour, which then turns to dark brown or blue-grey, white when mature.
Life Span:
25 to 30 years
Diet:
fish; mollusks; marine worms; crustaceans
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Beluga Whale

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Beluga Whale Description
  The beluga is also known as the white whale for its milky white skin. It is the only species of whale that is entirely white, although it is born gray and fades gradually with age. These whales lack a dorsal fin, but have a shallow ridge along their back. Their appendages are narrower and pointier than that of the narwhal. Belugas also have a melon-shaped head, which is the center for echolocation. They are 3 to 5 meters and length and weigh an average of 1.6 tons (3500lbs). Fifty percent of their weight is fat, a marked increase relative to other non-arctic whales, whose body is only twenty percent fat. The blubber is 10cm thick in belugas. Belugas are sexually dimorphic, with the males being slightly larger than the females.  
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