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Beluga Whale Information

Beluga Whales are easily identified by their white skin and are therefore also called white whales. Their calves are born with grey skin, which turns to white around 5 or 6 years after birth.

Belugas are small to medium-sized toothed whales, with thick torsos and bulging foreheads. The peculiar look of Belugas has made them a popular attraction in aquariums. They are sometimes labeled the “Canary of the Sea” because of their tendency to be very vocal and their ability to mimic other sounds.

Where do Beluga Whales live?

Found mainly in coastal waters in the Arctic Ocean, Belugas are also known to swim in estuaries and up rivers. In the winter, when sea ice begins to form, pods of Belugas will migrate south to warm water. Whales that stay in the colder waters risk being trapped beneath sea ice, unable to surface for a breath.

Beluga Facts

At birth, Beluga calves are about 5 feet long and grow to around 12 feet in length.

Crustaceans, fish and worms are the main staple of a Beluga’s diet.

Belugas are able to change the shape of their forehead, and have a flexible neck which allows them to turn their head, a trait that almost all other whales lack.

The first Beluga was captured and put into captivity in the 1860s.

Related Links · Sea North Tours
· The Port of Churchill
· Parks Canada - English
· Parks Canada - French

  • grant: $1,600,000 - Polar Bears International

    For the Siku Cam Project as part of the My Planet, My Part Campaign and Tundra Connections program, and for general operating support. Grants between 2011-2012.

  • topic: whales

  • location: churchill

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beluga whale information

Every year after the ice breaks up on Hudson Bay, thousands of beluga whales migrate to the warmer waters of the Churchill River. We affixed two live cameras to a boat so now you can watch them feed, swim, and nurse their calves a few hours Monday - Friday. Times depend on weather and tides.

This project is made possible with the help of Polar Bears International, Frontiers North Adventures, Parks Canada, Sea North Tours, and the dedication of your trusty captain Hayley.

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location: Churchill River & Hudson Bay

best hours: 2 hours before and after high tide

time zone: Central Daylight Time

links: Sea North Tours
Frontiers North
The Port of Churchill
Parks Canada - English / French

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NGO: Polar Bears International

grant: $1,600,000

location: Manitoba

mission: For the Siku Cam Project as part of the My Planet, My Part Campaign and Tundra Connections program, and for general operating support. Grants between 2011-2012.

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Beluga Whale Information

Beluga Whales are easily identified by their white skin and are therefore also called white whales. Their calves are born with grey skin, which turns to white around 5 or 6 years after birth.

Belugas are small to medium-sized toothed whales, with thick torsos and bulging foreheads. The peculiar look of Belugas has made them a popular attraction in aquariums. They are sometimes labeled the “Canary of the Sea” because of their tendency to be very vocal and their ability to mimic other sounds.

Where do Beluga Whales live?

Found mainly in coastal waters in the Arctic Ocean, Belugas are also known to swim in estuaries and up rivers. In the winter, when sea ice begins to form, pods of Belugas will migrate south to warm water. Whales that stay in the colder waters risk being trapped beneath sea ice, unable to surface for a breath.

Beluga Facts

At birth, Beluga calves are about 5 feet long and grow to around 12 feet in length.

Crustaceans, fish and worms are the main staple of a Beluga’s diet.

Belugas are able to change the shape of their forehead, and have a flexible neck which allows them to turn their head, a trait that almost all other whales lack.

The first Beluga was captured and put into captivity in the 1860s.

Related Links · Sea North Tours
· The Port of Churchill
· Parks Canada - English
· Parks Canada - French

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