- ID NUMBER : DL0242
- Sex : Presumed male
- Year of birth : Around 1980
- Know since : 1992
His field marks
DL0242 can be recognized by the unique shape of the scar at the end of his dorsal crest, which is visible from both sides. The crest itself contains several small details. He also bears a gray spot behind his head on the right side.
We first encountered DL0242 in 1992. He was still gray at the time, but of considerable size. He turned white around 1997. Belugas fade from gray to white in colour between the ages of 12 and 16. DL0242 would therefore have been born around 1981.
His large size and habits suggest that DL0242 is a male. Like other adult bulls of the population, he spends most of his time in herds composed essentially of males. Three networks of males are known: two of these navigate the Saguenay Fjord and the head of the Laurentian Channel, while the third one, the “Downstream Boys”, also uses the head of the Channel as well as the downriver portion of the Estuary, but avoids the Saguenay.
Within these male networks, adult bulls form stable groups of companions. These associations, which are established gradually, may play a role in belugas’ reproductive lives.
DL0242 and his most regular companions – Stanley, Moby Dick and DL0238 – have rarely been observed in the Saguenay River. They probably belong to the “Downstream Boys”.
How DL0242’s story unfolds will teach us volumes on the evolution of belugas’ social lives. By better understanding how belugas live, we will better be able to protect them.
DL0242 observations history
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