THE BELUGA WHALE
Adult males are 4,2 – 5,5 m long and weigh 1-1,6 tons. Females are 3-4,1 m long and weigh 400-600 kg. The life expectancy is 30-40 years. Adult animals are light yellowish or white, but the calves are grey or brown and grow lighter with age. The head is small, convex, and very flexible. The flippers are rather short, paddle like, slightly upturned and flexible. The fluke often has dark coloured edges and the dorsal fin is non-existent. The average diving time is 1-2 minutes.
The Beluga Whale
like other arctic whales, do not have dorsal fins (a dorsal fin
causes extra heat loss and would be a major hindrance in the
arctic ice), but they do have a tough dorsal ridge. They also
have a thick layer of blubber that insulates them from the icy
The word beluga comes from the Russian word "bielo" meaning white. These white whales are, however, born dark grey. It can take up to eight years before they turn completely white.
Unlike other cetaceans, belugas have a flexible neck that allows them to move their head up, down, and to the side. Their bulbous forehead, called a "melon", is also flexible and capable of changing shape. This allows them to make different facial expressions and produce a series of chirps, clicks, whistles and squeals, which give the beluga its other name, "the canary of the sea." These songs are probably used to communicate with other beluga and to help them find food through echolocation
Beluga Whale surfaced
backs Iceland's whaling decision Seattle Post
Greens dismayed at Iceland whaling decision Scoop.co.nz (press release), New Zealand -
hiatus is being greeted with dismay by Green Party Conservation Spokesperson Metiria Turei. ...
to Resume Commercial Whaling
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warrior to come to Iceland IcelandReview, Iceland -
Scoop Just Politics News Summary
Finnair strike expected to continue next week
International Herald Tribune, France -
Tharp She Gets Shot! The Return of Whaling in Iceland
Magazine, NY -
is affecting tourism IcelandReview, Iceland -
FiNS Magazine, Singapore -
to resume commercial whaling after almost 2
USA Today 17-10-06
Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society (WDCS) is the leading
international charity dedicated solely to the worldwide conservation and
welfare of all ... www.wdcs.org/dan/publishing.nsf/
Iceland's ambassador to Britain is summoned to explain his country's return to commercial whaling. news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/6064028.stm
Iceland reveals its plans to catch whales again for the first time since 1989, despite the international whaling moratorium. news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/2910655.stm
The most commonly used argument in Iceland is that whaling must be resumed before the whales start ... Yearly report on Iceland whale watching industry: ... www.global500.org/news_83.html
My opinion: Iceland's reasons for scientific whaling are FUBAR and if we can ... I wonder how many of you criticising Iceland's whaling have actually read ... weblog.greenpeace.org/iceland/archives/001530.html
Stop Icelandic Whaling: Arctic Sunrise Expedition 2005, Stop Icelandic Whaling: Arctic ... tourism in Iceland IF Iceland discontinues whaling. One Icelandic ...
says it is very disappointed Iceland has decided to resume
commercial whaling Iceland has authorised an annual hunt of 30
minke and nine of the ...
whaling proposal threatens its growing whale-watching industry.
In 2002, more than 62000 people went whale-watching in Iceland.
pro-whaling nation Japan on Wednesday welcomed Iceland's
decision to resume commercial whaling, saying Iceland's
catch won't "endanger the whale ...
I am appalled to learn that Iceland has decided to resume commercial whaling under the guise of scientific research, and plans to kill 38 minke whales this ... www.whales.org.au/alert/iceletter.html
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