Beluga or white whales are one of the smallest whale species (ranging from 13 to 20 feet) but nonetheless are amazing aquatic creatures. With their peculiar color and forehead shape, belugas are easily distinguishable. At birth beluga calves are gray or even brown but around the age of five begin to fade to white. These images were taken during a visit to Chicago's Shedd Aquarium; however, normally belugas reside in the coastal areas of the Artic Ocean and as the sea freezes they migrate southward in large herds.
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