Have you ever been to an oceanarium? It’s the amazing feeling of being underwater and in the presence of various marine life without actually being underwater!
Children are the best when it comes to oceanarium trips. They appreciate the beauty of underwater creatures and the way these marine lives interact with them is simply incredible. Dolphins, whales, penguins, and stingrays seem to love children more than adults.
And out of all this marine life, the Beluga whale seems to be the most playful of all, especially to little kids!
He swims past the awed kids whose jaws are dropped as they watch the majestic while whales in the aquarium. As the whale goes by, he sometimes tries to scare little children or startle them that their little feet topple over as they try to run from the glass walls. And then, he laughs!
He also loves to do his own version of dancing underwater, entertaining kids and adults as he twists and turns to the music he only hears. What a fun and quirky whale, right?
The Beluga whale, or more popularly known as the “white whale” is an Arctic and sub-Arctic cetacean. It is the only member of the genus Delphinapterus and is one of two members of the family Monodontidae, along with the narwhal.
It is characterized by its huge head, sometimes referred to as “melonhead”. Another popular name it goes by is the “sea canary”, due to the high-pitched calls made by it. And since it is a whale, it also has that signature spiracle or blowhole at the back of its head.
When they are young, Beluga whales are gray in color. But when they grow as adults, their color lightens and they become white.
The Beluga whale may go by various nicknames, but the most notable characteristic of this animal especially around humans? Its playfulness!
Because of its physical features, humans, especially kids, are drawn to the Beluga whale. Its ivory-colored skin, round body, and enormous head make it look like a big, white dolphin. His features also make the Beluga whale look like it is smiling all the time, doesn’t it? It has a massive mouth that matches its head, turned up on the sides like a dolphin.
Another fact that proves Beluga whales are friendly is their gregariousness. They are highly sociable mammals! In the wild, they sometimes live in groups of two to up to 25 or an average of 10 Beluga whales in a certain pod. That’s a huge bunch of big white whales living together!
When they are in captivity, Beluga whales are known to be swimming together, playful as a group, and vocalize. Wow!
No wonder humans, especially little kids, are drawn to these creatures. They seem to be fun to be with!
Curious about the white whale? Do you want to see how Beluga whales have fun with kids?
Watch the video below to see these whales in action, plus more hilarious encounters of kids and other marine creatures.
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