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Photos of Beluga Whale - Delphinapterus leucas

Last modified on 2023-06-26. Dedicated page for wildlife photographers. Here, you will find valuable information including camera settings, date, and location for each photo. For more information about the species itself, please visit our website Fauna & Flora Photography, Beluga Whale (Delphinapterus leucas)

Beluga Whale is a small, toothed whale, completely white and without dorsal fin. This species is adapted to arctic and sub-arctic conditions. It swims slowly and prefers forming groups up to 10 individuals.

Photography Tips

When seeking opportunities to capture photos of Beluga whales, it's important to note that approaching them on a boat closer than 400m is strictly prohibited. Beluga whales are protected species, and permission is required for any close interactions. However, there are still opportunities available to capture photos and videos of these magnificent creatures.

Beluga Whales are known to approach the beach, particularly at the estuary of Saguenay River. For optimal observation, set up your camera at the most exposed point of the peninsula near the harbor of Tadoussac. It is common for Beluga whales to swim around the corner as they make their way to the upstream nursery. Regrettably, backlighting can be a challenge at this location when observing Beluga whales, especially during rough sea conditions. Spotting them becomes more difficult in such situations. To enhance your chances of success, we recommend planning your visit to this location during the early morning hours.

In the near future, we will be exploring the South Coast of the Saint Lawrence River for similar photography opportunities. One advantage of the South Coast is that you can expect to have the sun positioned behind you, providing favorable lighting conditions for capturing stunning photographs.

Beluga Whale (Delphinapterus leucas)

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

Saguenay St. Lawrence Marine Park

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)


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

Videos of Beluga Whale (Delphinapterus leucas)

Videos are hosted on Muuuh's YouTube Channel.

Written and regularly updated by Karl-Heinz Müller, Dipl. Natw. ETH, Biology. With 10 years of experience in wildlife photography, Karl-Heinz shares first-hand, on-site collected observations, photos and videos from his frequent visits to parks in Montreal and surrounding areas.

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