Threats to Beluga Whales
Belugas and all whales are negatively affected by human activity, including increased development, shipping, oil and gas production and transport, indirect and direct adverse effects from commercial fishing gear and operations, pollution, and habitat destruction and alteration. An increasing concern in marine habitats is noise, which can cause damage to a whale’s hearing and damage its ability to communicate, navigate, and locate prey.
Scientific name: Delphinapterus leucas
Length: Males,15 feet; females up to 14 feet
Weight: Adult males 3,000 lbs; females 2,000 lbs.
Lifespan: 30 - 50 years