- 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.
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.