- ID number : DL9068
- Sex : Unknown
- Year of birth : Circa 2004
- Know since : 2015
Its distinctive traits
From the right side, Uapameku is quite easy to recognize. A large grey spot can be seen in the middle of its flank, a little closer to its dorsal crest than to its blowhole. This spot resembles the wing of a bird, angel or butterfly. On the same flank and near the crest is a second grey spot, this one smaller in size.
We first encountered Uapameku in 2015, at which time its skin was grey. In our next two observations (2016 and 2018), the colour of its skin had not become much paler. Its colouring indicates that Uapameku is a young beluga, since the transition from grey to white occurs between 12 and 16 years of age. When Uapameku becomes completely white, we will have a better idea of its age.
The sex of this young beluga is unknown. During the summer adult males and females are observed in separate groups. Females live in communities with young, while males are often found in unisex herds. During our encounters, we observed Uapameku with males as well as with females. In the absence of a biopsy – i.e. a tiny fat sample taken for analysis – we cannot confirm the sex of this individual.
What will we learn about Uapameku, as well as about its species? Over the years, this beluga will develop affiliations and territorial affinities. By getting to know Uapameku better, we can better understand the social development of young belugas.
Uapameku observations history
Prince Jacques de Monaco
The Prince Jacques de Monaco adopted Uapameku (2019).