Beluga Whales

The mysterious beluga whale is one of our park's most sociable animals. Born dark grey, their signature white color is actually cool camouflage belugas develop by maturity, allowing them to swim in the waters of their icy arctic homes.

Nicknamed "sea canaries" by mariners, belugas are often heard before seen thanks to their unmistakable vocalizations. Instead of dorsal fins, they have a low dorsal ridge that lets them easily swim beneath thick ice sheets and find breathing holes; a pretty cool adaptation essential to life in one of the coldest regions of the globe.

Our Beluga Interaction Program gives you the once-in-a-lifetime chance to not only interact with our playful beluga whales, but to enter the water with them. Don't forget to add this intimate, up-close encounter to your day by clicking 'Select' under the Add to Cart section on the right.

You might also enjoy our Wild Arctic Up-Close Experience, a behind-the-scenes tour that features unique animal interactions and the opportunity to talk to the experts who care for them.

SeaWorld is one of the few places on the planet where you can enter the water with these amazing animals and get to know one of the sea’s most charming inhabitants through our Beluga Interaction Program.

Q: Where are belugas found?
SW: They make their homes in the Arctic ocean and its adjoining seas, including the Bering Sea, the Gulf of Alaska and the Hudson Bay, among others.

Q: Are they endangered?
SW: In Alaska, about 375 beluga whales live in the northern part of Cook Inlet. Unfortunately, this population is listed as endangered due to its small size and lack of recovery from earlier hunting and other threats.

Q: What do they eat?
SW: Beluga whales eat about 100 different types of mainly bottom-dwelling animals like octopus, squid, crabs, snails, sandworms, and a variety of fishes.

Q: How big do they get?
SW: Males average around 11 to 15 feet long (3.4 - 5.5 m) and weigh up to 3,300 lbs. (1,500 kg).  Females grow to about 10 to 14 feet (3 - 4.3 m) long and weigh up to 3,000 lbs. (1,360 kg).