- ID number : DL1628
- Sex : Female
- Year of birth : Around 1985
- Know since : 2000
- Adopted since : 2014
Her field marks
Were it not for the small gray line on her left peduncle combined with the small gash in her dorsal crest, Pure Laine would be indistinguishable from other belugas.
Our first encounter with Pure Laine goes back to the summer of 2000. She was slightly grayish in colour at the time. Belugas fade from gray to white in colour between the ages of 12 and 16. Pure Laine would therefore have been born around 1985 or earlier.
Even if no biopsy has been performed, her size, habits and regular presence in herds comprising adults and young suggest that Pure Laine is a female belonging to the Saguenay community. In their summer range, females form large communities in which they tend to newborns and young. These communities are associated with traditional territories. Pure Laine is first observed with a calf in 2002. The observation is a brief one and Pure Laine is not seen again for the remainder of the season. The team is unable to confirm whether or not the newborn was her own.
Pure Laine is regularly seen in the company of DL0030, Slash and Miss Frontenac, all of whom are also females from the Saguenay community. Associations between females of the same community are generally not very stable. They may vary depending on the females’ reproductive status and whether or not they are pregnant or accompanied by a calf.
How Pure Laine’s story unfolds will help us better understand the social and reproductive lives of belugas. By better understanding how belugas live, we will better be able to protect them.
Pure Laine observations history
Cynthia Fish adopted Pure Laine (2014).