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Beluga Whale - Delphinapterus leucas

A small, toothed whale, completely white and without dorsal fin. Used to arctic and sub-arctic conditions. They are slow swimmers and prefer to form groups up to 10 animals.

Common Names

  • Beluga Whale (en)
  • Beluga (es)
  • Béluga (fr)
  • Weißwal (de)

Taxonomy

  • Artiodactyla
  • Cetacea
  • Monodontidae
  • Delphinapterus leucas

Where & When to Spot

I saw this whale species on both trips to Tadoussac.

How to Identify

The only completely white whale. Size, color, melon-shaped head and lack of dorsal fin are distinctive characteristics.

Photos

Beluga Whale (Delphinapterus leucas)

Beluga Whale (Delphinapterus leucas)

Emerging Beluga whale. Belugas don't have dorsal fin.

Saguenay St. Lawrence Marine Park - 2021-08-25

NIKON Z 6; NIKKOR Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S; Focal Length 200mm; Exposure 1/2500; Aperture f/22; Iso 1800;

Beluga Whale (Delphinapterus leucas)

Beluga Whale (Delphinapterus leucas)

Tadoussac - 2018-05-23

NIKON D500; 300mm f/4.0; Focal Length 420mm; Exposure 1/800; Aperture f5.6; Iso 100;

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