Beluga Whale

Beluga whales are only found in the Northern Hemisphere in the Arctic and subarctic waters of Asia, Europe, and North America.

Beluga whales are typically only found in the Northern Hemisphere in Arctic and subarctic waters.

Belugas inhabit seasonally ice-covered arctic and subarctic waters off North America, Asia, and Europe, more specifically along the coasts of Canada, Alaska, Greenland, Svalbard, Norway, and Russia. About 500 of them inhabit the waters of the St. Lawrence River.

Occasionally, belugas travel much farther south. Lone belugas have been sighted in Long Island Sound and near Cape Cod.

Sources: (AMMPA, 2014, 2107; Bonner, 1989; COSEWIC, 2004; Frady, 2004; Katona, Rough, & Richardson, 1993; Lentfer, 1988; Martin, 1996; Paine, 1995; Williams, 2002)
Image: Jason Pier in DC


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