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BELUGA WHALES DELPHINAPTERUS LEUCAS ALSO NAMED AS THE SEA CANARY by Mind Map: BELUGA WHALES      
DELPHINAPTERUS LEUCAS
ALSO NAMED AS THE SEA
CANARY
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BELUGA WHALES DELPHINAPTERUS LEUCAS ALSO NAMED AS THE SEA CANARY

HUMAN IMPACTS ON THE SPECIES

Pollution by chemicals and cancer causing agents at the estuaries from the industries has led to a decline in the Beluga whale population

New oil and gas centres for resources has also led to some contamination in the waters thereby declining the population.

Loss of Habitat

ACTION PLAN

Things Government Can Do

By passing a law not to let industrial waste into rivers thereby avoiding waste water pollution

Restrict Whaling of the Belugas

The government can make more marine parks where the Beluga whales can be protected and bred.

Things Non-Government Organizations Can Do

Raising Public Awareness by personalized interpretation and theatrical presentations about the Beluga Whales

Watching the development of the size of its population,its composition and use of habitat and effects of human activities

Things I Can Do

I would dispose my garbage appropriately because too often plastic bags, juice containers and other garbage fly and end up in water where marine animals gets polluted.

Adopt daily habits that respect the environment like saving water and using ecologically friendly products as the use of water has an impact on the health of the river

Check whether the municipality effectively treats the sewer system before dumping the water in the rivers.If not, to check the issue with elected officials

LINKS, VIDEOS AND RESOURCES FOR MY BLOG

Links: Biome/ Habitat -http://www.enchantedlearning.com/biomes/tundra/tundra.shtml

Links: All about whales- http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/whales/species/Beluga.shtml

Links: American Cetacean Society- http://www.acsonline.org/factpack/BelugaWhale.htm

Watch this Cool Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BTtQUDH2XSg&feature=channel

BIOLOGY

Belugas are white in colour

Belugas are marine warm blooded mammals and breathe air through the blow holes

Life cycle is about 25- 30 years

Size of minimum 5 metres(16 feet) in length

Female Belugas give birth to one calf in three years

When the calf is born, it is about 4-5 feet long and weighs about 45- 64 kg. The calves are blue to brownish red for the first year of the life. During the second year they turn grey to blue and by the end of six years they turn white. The baby is nurtured with its mother's fat- laden milk which is about 28% fat. It is weaned in about 12-24 months and they reach maturity by 7-9 years.  

Gestation period is 14- 15 months.

BIOME

Arctic Tundra

It is the coldest biome charcterized by very low temperatures and are located in the far north of Greenland, Alaska, Canada, Europe and Russia

HABITAT

Clean Air

Found in the Sub-Arctic seas

Lives in cold Frigid waters but some population of the Belugas migrate to the south to warmer waters in summer

Lives at temperatures below Zero degree celcius.

STATUS

Threatened

Special concerns: some population of the Belugas are critically endangered

Beluga Whales are threatened by pollution (DDT, PCB's etc) in estuary waters that they frequently breed in.

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Distribution of Beluga Whales