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Where do Beluga whales live?

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Beluga whales are commonly found in the coastal waters of the Arctic Ocean. However, beluga whales have also been known to live in sub-arctic waters.

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When Arctic waters freeze over, beluga whales must leave their home territories and migrate south. Those who become trapped by ice often die or become prey for killer whales, polar bears, indigenous people and other Arctic predators.

Beluga whales are social animals that typically live together in small groups, or pods. When migrating, they travel in large herds. Belugas are also very vocal creatures and communicate with one another via a wide-ranging language of whistles, clicks and clangs. In the wild, belugas live from 35 to 50 years. They are classified as a threatened species.

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