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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: 2005-07-12
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon Powershot S1-IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Whales, Orca's, Sharks and Dolphins!, Feeding Time, Beluga Whales, World of Wales [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-07-18 16:57
Viewed: 39576
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 25
[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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Amazing looking whale Manyee, great timing on the catch. Very nice post, well done.

Hello Manyee,
Great shot of this beluga took at the right moment! Great sharpness and composition. TFS

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  • zakiwi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 154 W: 20 N: 274] (1309)
  • [2005-07-18 21:34]

Hey Manyee, Great shot --- Love the light colored whale on the dark background --- and the pink just breaks it nicely. Well done. Zakiwi

Nice capture, Manyee! I like that little fish in the air,and the expression on the beluga's face!

Hello Manyee,
Wow, this shot is super! The whiteness of the Beluga is very well highlighted. The view was taken at the good time! Good work.
TFS, cordially,

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-07-19 5:50]

Two good catches Manyee - the whale and his titbit and you with the whale catching its titbit! He's nicely exposed and sharp too. Well done.

Hello Manyee! Hey big fish, little fish. This gives the viewer a good perspective on the size of this Beluga.. Well exposed with good details and sharpness. Great action shot, Well done.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-07-19 6:31]

Wow, this is a great catch (for both you and the Beluga!:))! This is a wonderful picture Manyee. Well exposed and composed and perfect details. I like it a lot. It's good to have you back on TN! :) Well done & TFS!


Hello again! Excellent capture, just a wonderful shot! Great lighting. Marvellous!

Great shot, we don't see many whales here, most people never see one in their lifetime, of course. Really sharp picture and perfect timing! Exposure is good as well, considering the difficulty.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-07-22 3:59]

Hi Manyee!
Personal assessment of the photo: great.
Strong visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.

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  • optic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-08-02 20:37]

Hello Manyee,
Another great action shot, very well composed The view was taken at the good time!

Congrats !

Oooh you're lucky and was able to catch the beluga whale eating! Fabulous shot, aren't they incredible?

Really nice photograph;
Very good timing, and a very good framing.
I like the colours ans the crop too.
All this contributes to a very good effect you have achieved.

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