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  • ID number


  • Sex


  • Year of birth

    Around 2000

  • Known Since


Distinctive traits

DL9049 can be identified by the black spot on its left flank, just below the dorsal crest. On its right flank, a series of small holes and a larger hole can be seen.

Life history

We first met DL9049 in 2015. Back then, he was still gray. He was a dirty white in 2016. Beluga whales change color from gray to white between the ages of 12 and 16. He would therefore have been born around 2000.

DL9052 is male. His sex was confirmed in 2016 by biopsy, through genetic analysis of a tiny piece of skin and fat taken from his back. Adult belugas are highly sex-segregated in summer. Males and females show clearly marked preferences, both in their associations and in the areas they frequent.

He was observed among adult and young grays, then with adults and calves.

The rest of DL9049’s story will tell us a great deal about the evolution of the beluga’s social life. By understanding how belugas live, we can better protect them.

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Observations history in the Estuary


Years in which the animal was not observed Years in which the animal was observed