- ID number : DL9071
- Sex : Unknown
- Year of birth : Around 2004
- Know since : 2016
Its distinctive traits
DL9071’s scar is conspicous. Several small dots form a crescent moon on its right flank. As of now, this individual has never been identified from the left flank.
When we first encountered DL9071 in September 2016, it was pale grey, meaning it was a young adult. We saw it again in the summer of 2018, and its colour was still slightly grey, almost white. Belugas fade from grey to white in colour between the ages of 12 and 16, DL9071 was thus born around 2004.
In summer, there is a pronounced segregation between adult males and females; females live in community with young, while males are often found in unisex herds. To date, we have observed DL9071 in various sectors in the company of females, but also with males. Without a biopsy, we cannot confirm its sex.
In the years to come, DL9071’s affiliations and movement patterns should reveal more about its identity and its social life. By getting to know DL9071 better, we can better understand the social development of young belugas.