Due to the effects of ocean pollution and Beluga hunting, Beluga whales are, unfortunately, one of the most endangered species of whale around. Beluga whales, also known as "Canary of the Sea," is known for it's sweet personality, white as snow skin, and sweet sounding whistles. Belugas become silent when their enemy, killer whales, approach. Their other natural enemy, like the bowhead and narwhal, is ice. When the ice closes, cetaceans are sometimes trapped and starvation or suffocation overtake them. Native hunters in Alaska, Canada and Greenland hunt belugas with rifles and harpoons. A far greater danger has been extensively researched by Pierre Beland of Quebec, Canada. He has been studying dead belugas for over ten years. Autopsies show 24 different potentially toxic contaminants in their tissues and organs. These toxins come from industrial plants located upriver in the St. Lawrence. Some animals have cancerous tumors and sores and others have suppressed immune systems. The effects of ocean pollution must be addressed if whales and other organisms are to survive.
This problem NEEDS to be solved. Beluga and many other whales are such magnificent creatures and the world cannot afford to lose these intelligent creatures.