As of 2008, the beluga whale was classified as near threatened on the IUCN red list. Although their population trend is unknown, they are harvested at an unsustainable rate for their meat and oil. More specifically, the over fishing of already depleted populations dramatically hinders the beluga whale global population’s ability to stabilize and rebound.
- Recommended Age: 3
- Size in cm: 21 L x 8 W x 7.6 H
NAME: Beluga Whale (Delphinapterus leucas) CLASS: Mammalia ORDER: Cetacea FAMILY: Monodontidae LENGTH: 15 ft (4.5 m) WEIGHT: 1 t (907 kg) HABITAT: Arctic and subarctic seas SCALE: 1:20 Belugas change colors as they grow. Adult belugas are pure white. But a newborn beluga is pale gray, then turns dark blue or brown after a month. As the baby grows, its color fades. By its third birthday, the young whale turns pale gray again. It won??t turn white until it??s six. Scientists use these color changes to estimate the age of individuals in a herd.