Beluga Whale Hunting in the Arctic

Do you have a favourite summer getaway? That special place you go every year when the weather gets warmer? If so, you’re not the only one in the animal kingdom.

Flickr Credit: Jason Peir in DC

Beluga whales have been known to return to the same rivers and estuaries (places were rivers meet oceans) year after year. They visit these special spots to feed, get away from predators like Polar bears and Killer whales and to moult (get rid of dead skin).

Unfortunately, Belugas will keep returning to these areas even when it is unsafe. Since their summer hideaways are so predictable, it’s really easy for hunters to find them. In some areas, hunters have targeted so many belugas that it is believed they may have wiped out entire populations!

Thankfully, there have been limits put in place to make sure Belugas aren’t overhunted. These limits have already started to help protect Beluga whale populations, but they aren’t out of danger yet. Beluga hunting is still a problem in areas of the Hudson Bay. Scientists believe that if hunting levels continue, the Eastern Hudson Bay population could disappear in fewer than 10 to 15 years!

Flickr credit: Jason Peir in DC

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Source: COSEWIC Assessment and Update Status Report on the Beluga Whale Delphinapterus leucas, 2004

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  1. Green Bean
    Ranger56183447 says:

    I love beluga whales and I want to help them!

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  2. Toadstool
    Ranger56185496 says:

    I love belugas hopefully I will see some this year in saguenay (Quebec)

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  3. New Bee
    Joho says:

    agreed:)

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  4. New Bee
    Ranger56195270 says:

    I fed one befor (marine land)

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  5. New Bee
    somethinsfishy says:

    i luv balugas they r soooooo cute!!!! I would love to help them!!!

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  6. Eco Protector
    thebestgirl says:

    I will help belugas they need to live!!!!!

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  7. Animal Admiral
    ReCha0917 says:

    That is so sad that when belugas go to their special spot they will get hunted, and that it is believed that hunters whipped out whole populations.

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  8. Animal Admiral
    ReCha0917 says:

    hunters are so mean

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