I was doing a little research and behind the scenes work at SeaWorld and while visiting and interacting with the Beluga Whales when I got a very nice greeting. I think I would call it the perfect kiss.

Beluga Whales

Perfect Kiss

Beluga Whales live in the Arctic and Sub-Arctic climates and are exceptionally smart.  They roam under the ice packs must find holes in the ice or air pockets to breath.  They can hold their breadth for up to 12 minutes but must use sonar / echo sounding capabilities to find air  pockets, holes in the ice or thin places in the ice where they can “ram” through in order to breath.  They are quite remarkable creatures.

My perfect kiss was from a whale named Allua.  A beautiful creature who is extremely graceful and friendly.

Beluga Whales are born dark grey and their signature white color is actually a clever camouflage.  Beluga Whales from a conservation perspective are considered “near threatened” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature; however the sub-population from the Cook Inlet in Alaska is considered critically endangered and is under the protection of the United States’ Endangered Species Act.  Of seven Canadian beluga populations, two are listed as endangered, inhabiting eastern Hudson Bay, and Ungava Bay.

You can find out more information on Beluga whales at the following:

Beluga Whales Seaworld

Beluga Whale | CSI Computerized Scanning and Imaging Facility

Beluga WhalesBeluga Whale Pictures, Beluga Whale Facts – Animals

I am doing some research on several whale species and will hopefully post an article on my findings within the next 3 to 4 months.  Whether you are watching the Blue Whales off the coast of California, admiring the Humpback Whales in Hawaii, Alaska or off the coast of Australia or one of the other many species of whales they are truly remarkable animals.

I encourage you to join me in helping to preserve and protect this treasure for our generation and those to follow.

The pool is open…