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Unique Adaptations

These large whales might not have the same level of agility or acrobatic ability that dolphins do, but they have amazing adaptations of their own. Belugas live in a world of ice and dark or murky water, so they’ve developed incredible ways to deal with these challenges. This program highlights some of those adaptations, as well as the changes and threats they’re facing as their Arctic home changes—and what we can do to help.
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Beluga Training

Rare Access

We still know very little about belugas. Their icy habitat makes them difficult to study in the wild, and even the belugas that live in the St. Lawrence River, the southernmost population, are elusive. Having belugas at the Aquarium gives our visitors the rare chance to make intimate connections with them. We’ve learned a lot from the belugas at the Aquarium and we’re still making new discoveries—ones that will hopefully help the belugas in the wild.

Doing What Comes Naturally

Our beluga shows are based on behaviours that belugas do naturally in the wild. These exercises keep them stimulated and healthy, and they reinforce the bond that the animals have with their trainers. Since it’s impossible to ask a 1,500 kilogram animal to do something they don’t want to do, the trainers spend a lot of time building a relationship of trust with the belugas—and reward them not just with food, but with tummy rubs, tongue massages and whatever else the animals enjoy.
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