There are numerous distinct kinds of whales. The best known classes are baleen and toothed. Belugas are toothed whales. They are capable of producing many different sounds.
Beluga Whales use sound to find food and communicate with other creatures in the ocean. They’re capable of creating high-pitched sounds, trills, whistles and squeals, and what seems like chirping, just to name a few.
The different sounds are used for varying purposes including hunting prey, echolocation, navigation, and communication with other whales.
By using the sounds they complete for echolocation, beluga whales can figure out significant details of the goal including size, shape, distance and even how fast they’re traveling.
Beluga whales are great at living in ice-filled waters. They have an ability to find little cracks in the ice where they can surface to breathe.
All toothed whales have what’s called a”melon.” This organ helps them interpret the sound waves that are produced with their echolocation efforts. The melon is made of fatty tissue and looks like a big forehead to us. However, it’s really a part of the whales’ nose. It works in combination with the sinus and jaw and is a significant component in the success of the species.
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What makes these white whales so interesting is their ability to change the shape of their melon. The vertebrae in their neck are not fused like other toothed whales. As a result of this, the whales can turn their mind in a lateral or side-to-side movement.
Combine this feature with the ability to morph the shape of the melon, and you get some really interesting expressions. You can look at a beluga whale one minute and the next they look quite like another animal.
In addition to the facial expressions, another striking characteristic of this amazing species is their white color. Because of this colour, the beluga is also called the white whale. If you see a white beluga you can be sure it’s an adult. This is because when the whale is young it is gray. As it evolves it turns white or whitish gray. A man can grow to be 18 feet long and a female can grow to be 13 feet long. Since they’re so interesting and relatively small, some aquariums have beluga whales at their own facility.
In the event that you ever have the opportunity to experience beluga whale behavior firsthand, I highly recommend it.