Beluga Whale | Delphinapterus leucas

“Belugas are also called white whales, and their unusual color makes them one of the most familiar and easily distinguishable of all the whales. Calves are born gray or even brown and only fade to white as they become sexually mature around five years of age.
White whales are smallish, ranging from 13 to 20 feet (4 to 6.1 meters) in length. They have rounded foreheads and no dorsal fin.
Belugas generally live together in small groups known as pods. They are social animals and very vocal communicators that employ a diversified language of clicks, whistles, and clangs. Belugas can also mimic a variety of other sounds.”   -

(by AndrewRBrown)

Beluga Whale | Delphinapterus leucas

Belugas are also called white whales, and their unusual color makes them one of the most familiar and easily distinguishable of all the whales. Calves are born gray or even brown and only fade to white as they become sexually mature around five years of age.

White whales are smallish, ranging from 13 to 20 feet (4 to 6.1 meters) in length. They have rounded foreheads and no dorsal fin.

Belugas generally live together in small groups known as pods. They are social animals and very vocal communicators that employ a diversified language of clicks, whistles, and clangs. Belugas can also mimic a variety of other sounds.”   -

(by AndrewRBrown)



Beluga Whale | Delphinapterus leucas

“Unlike most other whales, the beluga has a flexible neck that enables it to turn its head in all directions.
Beluga feed on fish, crustaceans, and worms. The whale is related to the tusked “unicorn” whale known as the narwhal. The beluga is not related to the sturgeon of the same name, which has been heavily fished for its famous caviar.”   -

(by RafaMontero)

Beluga Whale | Delphinapterus leucas

Unlike most other whales, the beluga has a flexible neck that enables it to turn its head in all directions.

Beluga feed on fish, crustaceans, and worms. The whale is related to the tusked “unicorn” whale known as the narwhal. The beluga is not related to the sturgeon of the same name, which has been heavily fished for its famous caviar.”   -

(by RafaMontero)



Beluga Whale | Delphinapterus leucas

“These whales are common in the Arctic Ocean’s coastal waters, though they are found in subarctic waters as well. Arctic belugas migrate southward in large herds when the sea freezes over. Animals trapped by Arctic ice often die, and they are prey for polar bears, killer whales, and for Arctic people. They are hunted by indigenous people of the north, and by commercial fisheries that brought some populations, such as those in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, to near collapse.”   -

(by ArcticWatch)

Beluga Whale | Delphinapterus leucas

These whales are common in the Arctic Ocean’s coastal waters, though they are found in subarctic waters as well. Arctic belugas migrate southward in large herds when the sea freezes over. Animals trapped by Arctic ice often die, and they are prey for polar bears, killer whales, and for Arctic people. They are hunted by indigenous people of the north, and by commercial fisheries that brought some populations, such as those in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, to near collapse.”   -

(by ArcticWatch)



Humpback Whale | Megaptera novaeangliae

“These whales are known for their complex mating songs. Researchers have studied the whale songs for years, and the complexity of these songs suggests the whales are extremely intelligent creatures. Only the males are responsible for the whale songs, however, since they are primarily a mating signal. Additionally, these whales are famous for the water acrobatics. Humpback whales can frequently be seen leaping out of the water and sometimes can use their flukes to propel themselves completely out of the ocean.”   -

(by Réunion Underwater Photography)

Humpback Whale | Megaptera novaeangliae

These whales are known for their complex mating songs. Researchers have studied the whale songs for years, and the complexity of these songs suggests the whales are extremely intelligent creatures. Only the males are responsible for the whale songs, however, since they are primarily a mating signal. Additionally, these whales are famous for the water acrobatics. Humpback whales can frequently be seen leaping out of the water and sometimes can use their flukes to propel themselves completely out of the ocean.”   -

(by Réunion Underwater Photography)



Orca | Orcinus orca
(by Tasli Shaw)

Orca | Orcinus orca

(by Tasli Shaw)



Baby Humpback Whale | Megaptera novaeangliae
(by Réunion Underwater Photography)

Baby Humpback Whale | Megaptera novaeangliae

(by Réunion Underwater Photography)



Grey Whale calf with mother swimming underneath | Eschrichtius robustus
(by Tony Wu Underwater Photography)

Grey Whale calf with mother swimming underneath | Eschrichtius robustus

(by Tony Wu Underwater Photography)



Orca | Orcinus orca
(by Tasli Shaw)

Orca | Orcinus orca

(by Tasli Shaw)




Whale Shark | Rhincodon typus

The whale shark is the largest species of fish with some adult whale sharks growing to nearly 50ft long! The whale shark is thought to have developed around 60 million years ago making the whale shark one of the oldest species on Earth today.”  -

(Photos by wildestanimal)



Whale Shark | Rhincodon typus
(by World Wildlife Fund)

Whale Shark | Rhincodon typus

(by World Wildlife Fund)



Whale Sharks | Rhincodon typus
(by Paul Cowell)

Whale SharksRhincodon typus

(by Paul Cowell)



Beluga Whale | Delphinapterus leucas
(by PucilloPhotography)

Beluga Whale | Delphinapterus leucas

(by PucilloPhotography)



Beluga Whale | Delphinapterus leucas 
(by PucilloPhotography)

Beluga WhaleDelphinapterus leucas 

(by PucilloPhotography)



Orca Whale | Orcinus orca 

Orcas are highly social animals that travel in groups called pods. Pods usually consist of 5 to 30 whales, although some pods may combine to form a group of 100 or more. Orcas establish social hierarchies, and pods are lead by females. The animals are thought to have a complex form of communication with different dialects (slightly different language) from one pod to another.  x

(Photo by Ginés)

Orca Whale Orcinus orca 

Orcas are highly social animals that travel in groups called pods. Pods usually consist of 5 to 30 whales, although some pods may combine to form a group of 100 or more. Orcas establish social hierarchies, and pods are lead by females. The animals are thought to have a complex form of communication with different dialects (slightly different language) from one pod to another.  x

(Photo by Ginés)



Whale Shark | Rhincodon typus

"Whale sharks are extremely unusual, because unlike their almost all other shark species, the whale shark is not a top predator. Instead, whale sharks feed on plankton – tiny plants and shrimp-like animals that float in the water.”  x

(Photo by Andreas Odermatt)

Whale SharkRhincodon typus

"Whale sharks are extremely unusual, because unlike their almost all other shark species, the whale shark is not a top predator. Instead, whale sharks feed on plankton – tiny plants and shrimp-like animals that float in the water.”  x

(Photo by Andreas Odermatt)