- ID number : DL0631
- Sex : Female
- Year of birth : Before 1992
- Know since : 1996
Her field marks
Identifying Elle from the left side requires meticulous study of the details of her dorsal crest. Her telltale field mark is the small round scar on her right side, in front of her dorsal crest.
It was in 1996 that we encountered Elle for the first time. At the time, she was slightly gray, almost white. Beginning in 2004, she was always “noted” as being white. Belugas fade from gray to white in colour between the ages of 12 and 16. Elle was thus probably born between 1988 and 1992! Her sex was determined by genetic analysis of a biopsy taken on July 22, 2010: Elle is a female.
In the summer range, females form large communities in which they care for newborns and young. These communities are faithful to traditional territories and exchanges between them are uncommon. At the present time, the sectors that Elle frequents and the individuals with whom she associates lead us to believe that she belongs to the Saguenay community. In fact, we have regularly observed her in the company of the Saguenay matriarchs, i.e. Slash, Athéna, DL1050 and DL0169.
The stories of young belugas and the chance to monitor the evolution of their behaviour are our best tools for understanding their social lives. By better understanding how belugas live, we will be able to better protect them.
(adoption pending) observations history
Lyne Morissette adopted Elle (pending).
For Lyne’s 40th birthday, let’s work together to accomplish something special and significant for Elle by adopting this beluga. At the same time, we’ll be acknowledging the work and achievements of a great woman while supporting a cause that she cares about deeply and which is important for both us and for future generations.
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Participants in the group adoption of Elle: Cindy Grant, Eliane, Annabelle, André, Lisa Treau De Coeli, Laure de Montety, Mélanie Lévesque, Nicole Moisan, Becca Scarratt, Esther Blier and Christian Gagnon.