Pure Laine

- Cynthia Fish
  • ID number : DL1628
  • Sex : Female
  • Year of birth : Around 1985
  • Know since : 2000
  • Adopted since : 2014
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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.

Life history

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

Latest news

  • SEPTEMBER 3, 2017

    Aboard the GREMM’s research vessel Bleuvet, we make our way toward Îlet aux Alouettes off the coast of Baie-Sainte-Catherine and Pointe Noire. We encounter a herd of 30 belugas consisting of adults, grays and a newborn. Within the herd we recognize Pure Laine, who is swimming together with DL2377, a beluga that has only ever been photographed once, way back in 2005! Alongside DL2377 is a newborn. Is it hers? Only multiple other observations or a biopsy of both animals would allow us to confirm their relationship, or lack thereof. The more we observe these belugas, the more we get the sense that they are swimming in every direction. This type of behaviour leads us to believe that they are feeding. We decide to let them eat in peace and head up the Saguenay to look for other herds.

    Update: April 17, 2018