beluga

beluga

[buh-loo-guh]
beluga or white whale, small, toothed northern whale, Delphinapterus leucas. The beluga may reach a length of 19 ft (5.8 m) and a weight of 4,400 lb (2,000 kg). It has a small, round head, with a short, broad, beaklike snout, and a flexible neck; its flippers are short, broad, and rounded, and it lacks a dorsal fin. It produces a variety of noises and is sometimes called a sea canary. The young are born with dark fur but become almost pure white in maturity. Belugas winter in the Arctic Ocean, feeding upon crustaceans, fish, and squid; they are often found in groups of several hundred individuals. They mate in spring, and in summer they enter northern rivers. The young are born after a gestation period of 14 months, one calf every second year. The beluga is hunted by the Eskimo for food and by commercial whalers for its hide, which is known as porpoise hide. Beluga is also the common name of the largest of the sturgeons. Beluga whales are classified in the phylum Chordata, subphylum Vertebrata, class Mammalia, order Cetacea, family Monodontidae.
or white whale

Beluga, or white whale (Delphinapterus leucas).

Species (Delphinapterus leucas) of whale found in the Arctic Ocean and adjacent seas, in both deep offshore and coastal waters. It may also enter rivers that empty into far northern seas. A toothed whale with a rounded forehead and no dorsal fin, the beluga is about 13 ft (4 m) long. Born dark blue-gray or blackish, it fades to white or cream at 4–5 years of age. It feeds on fish, cephalopods, and crustaceans and usually lives in groups of five to 10. It has been hunted commercially for its oil, hide, and flesh, and is used in the Arctic as food for humans and dogs.

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Beluga is a census-designated place (CDP) in Kenai Peninsula Borough, Alaska, United States. The population was 32 at the 2000 census.

Geography

Beluga is located at (61.133962, -151.164741).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 103.4 square miles (267.8 km²), of which, 102.7 square miles (265.9 km²) of it is land and 0.7 square miles (1.9 km²) of it (0.72%) is water.

Demographics

As of the census of 2000, there were 32 people, 13 households, and 7 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 0.3 people per square mile (0.1/km²). There were 54 housing units at an average density of 0.5/sq mi (0.2/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 75.00% White and 25.00% Native American.

There were 13 households out of which 38.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.5% were married couples living together, and 38.5% were non-families. 23.1% of all households were made up of individuals and none had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 3.00.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 25.0% under the age of 18, 31.3% from 25 to 44, 34.4% from 45 to 64, and 9.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 128.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 140.0 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $0, and the median income for a family was $0. Males had a median income of $0 versus $0 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $0. There were no families and none of the population living below the poverty line, including no under eighteens and none of those over 64.

Two prominent features are a small general store and the Chugach Electric power plant, which powers about half of Anchorage. The plant is situated on a gas reserve, which allows for on-site extraction of the gas to be used to fuel the plant.

Fishing

There are five main fishing rivers: The Buluga (King Salmon,Silver Salmon, and Sockeye Salmon) The Theador (King salmon and Silver Salmon) The Chuitna (King Salmon and Silver Salmon) the Lewis (King Salmon, and Silver Salmon) and Tree mile creek (Silver Salmon). The Pike lake is considered to be easy to fish. The record Pike caught out of the lake is 49 inches and was caught using ice fishing gear.

Many net fishers also fish of into the ocean of shore to make a living. A good catch is about 100 salmon.

References

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