Beluga Bath

Candice Gaukel Andrews April 14, 2011 2

Stunningly white in a blue sea, beluga whales are ethereally beautiful creatures when spotted in their natural habitats. Not only are they a treat for the eyes, but hearing them is something you’ll never forget. Nicknamed “sea canaries” by early Arctic sailors, belugas use a wide range of high pitched whistles, screeches, clicks, and squeaks to communicate with each other.

Some researchers are now postulating that it may soon be possible for humans to “talk” to belugas. By assigning one of their distinctive sounds to an object and then teaching them which object is indicated when they make that sound, we may soon be able to speak to each other and exchange information.

For now, though, we know that some of their expressions (which can be heard through the hulls of ships) are made just for pure joy — such as at bath time!

2 Comments »

  1. Rose E. Bodette April 14, 2011 at 2:40 pm - Reply

    BEEN THERE DONE THAT—Definitely worth it!

  2. Wendy Worrall Redal April 14, 2011 at 11:02 am - Reply

    They are so darling! They remind me of Casper the Friendly Ghost, with their big, round white heads. Have seen them at a distance in Turnagain Arm outside Anchorage, but must get up to Churchill some summer for a close-up encounter!

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