Date: Tue, 2 Nov 2004 19:46:29 -0500
Subject: URGENT! Beluga Whales
Dear Dr. Ford,
I am in Grade 2 and I have a science project that I am working on about
Beluga Whales. I need to use different sources like books, movies or
interviews. I have lots of information but I need to interview someone.
Would you please answer the these questions for me? I hope you can help me.
I need to get answers really fast because my project is due this week.
Pineland Public School
1. If mammals are animals that have fur or hair and give birth to live
babies and feed them milk from their mothers, then why are Beluga Whales not
2. What is the lifespan of a Beluga if it is healthy?
3. What is a Baby Beluga called?
4. What are two facts about a Beluga's eating habits?
5. Do Belugas have enemies or threats?
6. How do Beluga whales adapt to their environment?
7. Can you tell me something really cool about Beluga Whales that I could
include in my mobile presentation on Belugas?
All whales have some hair. No species of whale are hairy. Beluga whales
(Delphinaptera leuca) have small hairs on the tip of the chins , and around
Belugas live about 40 years.
Baby belugas are babies.
Beluga whales catch fish by suction. They do not chew the fish but swallow
Killer whales (Orcinus orca) are very threatening to belugas.
Belugas have adapted to their arctic environment by having lots of blubber
to stay warm. They have also "lost" their dorsal fins , perhaps to keep
from bumping those fins on the sea ice.
Funny you should ask your last question. There is a paper in progress on an
adaption in belugas. Belugas whales do not have dorsal fins. However they
can wrinkle their abdomen to form a pair of bulges that work like a fin ,
on their tummies.
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