Today I want to write about beluga whales because they are a very cool and beautiful species of whale.
Here are five interesting facts about them:
- Beluga whales are the smallest species of whale, but males can still grow up to 5.5 metres long and weigh up to 1,600 kilograms, which is still pretty big.
- They are found in large groups of up to several hundred in the ice cold arctic waters of northern Russia, North America, Greenland and Norway.
- To protect themselves from the cold, they have a layer of blubber that is 15 centimetres thick.
- Every summer, large numbers of beluga whales gather in shallow waters to shed their skin. They rub themselves on gravel to remove the old yellow skin and reveal a new shiny white coat underneath.
- Beluga whales can live for a very long time, with some scientists estimating that they can live for up to 50 years.
I hope that you found these facts interesting and learned something new.
Are there any other interesting facts that you would like to share about beluga whales?