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Beluga Whale

Beluga Whale
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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-07
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon Powershot S1-IS
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Beluga Whales [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-10-07 2:40
Viewed: 5473
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
On our vacation to the Pacific Northwest, we visited the Vancouver Aquarium and met this fascinating creature. : )

Beluga Whale
Delphinapterus leucas

Beluga or "white whales" are not born white. They are grey at birth and get lighter and lighter until at about age six they are completely white. Belugas are one of the three whales that spend all their lives in arctic waters. The other two are the bowhead and the narwhal. Beluga are special among all whales because they can turn their heads. Maybe this is so that they can communicate with each other better! Beluga are very social and make a wide variety of sounds. A group of beluga can be loud! They have been nick-named "sea canaries." Beluga use sound to help them find their prey. They send out a sound which bounces off things in the water and allows them to hear how far away something is. This is called "echolocation." Beluga will work together using this and other techniques to herd fish into shallow water. It has also been reported by native people that beluga whales help each other give birth! They use many subtle forms of communication including a wide variety of facial expressions. Unlike some other whales, beluga have good vision.What they don't have is a dorsal fin, earning them the name "delphinapterus" or dolphin-without-a-wing.


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Superb, Manyee, simply superbe animal!

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2005-10-07 4:36]

Interesting creature!!You captured good timing&framing is nice.DOF*POV is excellent.

Wow a beluga, excellent shot Manyee. Thanks for the great picture. Superb action shot! I like pose, details and composition very much.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-10-07 5:09]

What a beautiful whale, he looks like he's purring. You have exposed the whites so well, not an easy thing to do with these Beluga. Well done, it's a good job Manyee. TFS

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-10-07 6:39]

Hey Manyee,

These creatures are so sweet!! We have also been to the Vancouver Aquarium and we loved the Belugas. They look so funny. :) Your pictures is way better as the ones we have taken as your exposure is great. I found it very difficult to expose them correctly as they'r so white. You've done a great job. Pose is also very good. TFS!


Hi Manyee,
A great job here. Perfect composition and framing. Excellent job on the photo and the notes. Saw them at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago.AWSOME1

This is a strange critter, Manyee. Would love to see one in real life.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-10-07 10:52]

a cute shot Manyee,
fantastic pov, very nice composition, great dof, realy nice job,
gr. Jaap

Incredible view of a Beluga out of water. The exposure is perfect at the white of the whale and the deep blue of the water are wonderfully constrasting without either out of balance. The smooth texture of the whale is fantastic. Well done.

Hello Manyee,
What to say about this picture? At first composition - "only" a portrait but here it is more that amazing how great it is looking! The white "pyramid" ;>
Object - I have not seen all pictures on TN but I believe that this is the only one (or at least one of the few) photos presenting this amazing species! :>
TFS and best regards,

Dear Manyee,
Intersting photograph with notes though some what out of focus. Over all great capture of Beluga. TFS.

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