Subject: Beluga's name origin

Lori Mazzuca (
Thu, 15 May 1997 08:52:02 -1000 (HST)

Dear Dallas,
	Thank you for your question:  Where did the beluga whale get it's
name?  The beluga whale, as you know, is white in color.  The name
"beluga" is said to come from the Rusian "belii" (or byely) which means
	*note: Some prefer to use the name "belukha," a
minor variation, but one that differentiates the whale from the beluga
that is responsible for caviar: the giant sturgeon of the Caspian and
Black seas, Huso huso.(From The book of whales by Richard Ellis--p. 92)


On Thu, 15 May 1997, Dallas Ramsay wrote:

> Where did the Beluga whale get it's name ?
> 			Thanks,   Dallas