Beluga Whales (Delphinapterus leucas) are found throughout the Northern Arctic regions roaming in family groups called pods ranging from Alaska to Russia! They are considered the "canaries of the sea" for their highly vocal interactions and distinct clicks and whistles, which they use to communicate over miles and find some of their favorite food! Their prey, mainly fish, is typically found at depths of 1,000 feet, but they have been known to dive to at least twice this depth! Some populations of #beluga are migratory within their limited #arctic range, while others remain, residents of a particular area, like the Beluga found in Alaska. Today, Beluga as a species have a concerned status, but small genetically distinct populations, like the ones in Alaska, are considered Endangered because they have been exposed to a variety of stressors and threats, including pollution ( heavy metals, chemicals, trash), busy shipping lanes, energy exploration, commercial fishing, extreme weather events, strandings, and other types of human disturbance such as underwater noise. The Cook Inlet population faces additional threats because of its proximity to the most densely populated area of #Alaska (Anchorage)! I share this information because it empowers all of us with knowledge so we may care, and thus act by supporting #conservation in Alaska, and beyond that, protecting America's coastlines from offshore oil and gas exploration to protect species at risk as well as our coastal communities from the destruction of these activities!