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).