The beluga whale is one of the most intelligent whales. This whale is mostly known for its ability to smile and make faces. It can also perform tricks like making a bubble ring with its mouth, propelling backwards, and swimming up to 13 miles per hour.
The beluga whale can be found in the cold, shallow waters of the arctic seas. It can live up to 40 years and feeds on fish, crabs and other types of seafood. The beluga whale uses echolocation to find food underwater. Echolocation is a technique where animals make sounds that travels through the environment and bounce off objects to allow for detection of nearby surroundings. Belugas make clicking sounds under water as their form of echolocation.
When a beluga whale is born it is brown, but when it becomes an adult it turns white. This whale breathes air from a blowhole located on its head and can hold its breath for 15 minutes. The whale can grow up to around nine feet and can weigh about 1.5 tons.
While these whales are very intelligent and unique, threats to their environment and survival are becoming more prevelent in today’s society. The beluga whales are going extinct and they need protection. It is important to recognize the capabilities of these creatures and develop plans to increase their survival and reduce their risk of extinction.
[Source: The Encyclopedia of Animals]