Beluga Whale

Beluga Whale

Unlike other cetaceans whose neck vertebrae are fused, the beluga whale has a flexible neck to allow for maneuvering as it hunts or escapes from predators.

The neck of a beluga whale is very flexible, unlike many other cetaceans whose neck vertebrae are fused.

This rare characteristic allows belugas to maneuver as they hunt in very shallow water. It also allows them to escape from predators.

Sources: (AMMPA, 2014, 2017; O’Corry-Crowe, 2002)
Image: Antony Stanley

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