- No d'identification : DL1688
- Sexe : Female
- Naissance : Before 1984
- Connu depuis : 2000
We recognize DL1688 thanks to a deep, arrowhead-shaped scar near her peduncle on her left side.
The first encounter with DL1688 goes back to 2000; at which time she was already white. Even if we cannot determine her exact age, we can estimate that she was born before 1984. Indeed, belugas fade from gray to white in colour between the ages of 12 and 16.
Her small size and associations suggest that DL1688 is a female. Within their summer range, females form large communities in which they care for newborns and young. Faithful to traditional territories, the communities have little contact between one another.
DL1688 belongs to the Saguenay community. She has been observed with other familiar females such as DL2273, DL0553, Pascolio and Marjo. DL1688 is regularly seen in groups with newborns. In 2004, she was spotted with a calf that seemed to be her own.
How her 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.