Beluga Whale

Beluga Whale

Young, female, teenage beluga whales in nuresery pods take on a nursemaid role throughout May-July when calves are born.

Beluga whale calves are born during the summer months of May through July.

The nursery pod stays around during the delivery of a beluga calf, then all of them take off, except a young teenage nursemaid. The baby, then, stays in-between the mother and the nursemaid as they swim, pulling him with the current.

Sources: (Bonner, 1989; Williams, 2002)
Image: Kevin Lee

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