With their distinct color and shape, belugas are considered to be the most easily distinguishable of all whale species. They may be best known for their most unique feature- their bulging melon. Some other notable distinctions include their dorsal ridge (most whales have fins) and their ability to easily navigate in both shallow river mouths and estuaries as well as ocean depths of over 2,500 feet. Guests can see all of this for themselves right from Mystic Aquarium’s Arctic Coast, the largest outdoor beluga whale habitat in the United States (at 750,000-gallons).
The study of belugas in zoological parks and aquariums has increased our understanding of factors threatening the sustainability of the species in the native environment; allowing for steps to conserve and protect these animals.
Mystic Aquarium is a leader in beluga research, care and behaviors.
HABITAT: Beluga whales are found solely in the Northern Hemisphere and inhabit the cold waters of the Arctic Ocean and subarctic regions.
RANGE: They are found in Alaska as well as areas of Russia, Canada, Norway and Greenland.
STATUS: Near Threatened (Cook Inlet population – Critically Endangered)
THREATS: Human impact which includes competition with fisheries, oil and gas development, offshore drilling, pollution and climate change.
Don’t miss the daily feeding & training sessions!
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