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  • ID number : DL1903
  • Sex : Presumably female
  • Year of birth : Circa 2000
  • Known since : 2002
  • Adopted since : 2017

Its field marks

Artsea’s crest is recognizable from both sides by its two large jagged gashes. On the left flank there is a black spot where the two gashes end. Her right flank shows a white line and a spot at the beginning and end of the gash.

Life history

At the time of our first encounter, Artsea was gray and small, signs that she was still very young. When we observed her most recently (July 2017), she was still slightly gray, but had reached her adult size. The transition from gray to white in belugas generally occurs between between the ages of 12 and 16 years. All this leads us to believe that Arsea is approaching her twenties.

Her size and her associations suggest that Artsea is a female. In their summer range, females form large communities in which they care for newborns and young. Artsea has been regularly seen in groups of juveniles and adults, some of which were accompanied by calves. She was also observed with a newborn in 2013, but it is impossible for us to say whether it was hers!

How Artsea’s story unfolds will help us better understand the social and reproductive lives of belugas. By better understanding how belugas live, we will be able to better protect them.

Artsea observations history

Latest news

  • AUGUST 24, 2017

    The Bleuvet is sailing between Pointe Noire and Îlet aux Alouettes. Waves of about a foot high rock the boat and a 15 km/h wind picks up. Nevertheless, visibility is a good 5,000 metres and gives us hope of spotting belugas from afar. Incidentally, a herd of about fifteen individuals appears on the horizon. Among them, we can make out adults, young and two café-au-lait-coloured newborns. The animals are diving in every direction, forcing us to focus on one small group. Good news! Artsea is swimming with a newborn at her side, together with three adults, another newborn, and a sizable young gray. Quickly, we must return to the marina, as our chief technician Michel Moisan needs to prepare for his departure for Alaska, where together with Robert Michaud he will lend a hand to a team of researchers studying the belugas of Cook Inlet.

    Update: April 3, 2018