Belugas are my favorite of the whales. I have been wanting to see them when I heard they were back at Sea World. Beluga whales are entirely arctic and subarctic. They inhabit the Arctic Ocean and its adjoining seas, including the Sea of Okhotsk, the Bering Sea, the Gulf of Alaska, the Beaufort Sea, Baffin Bay, Hudson Bay, and the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
During certain times of the year belugas can be found in large rivers such as the Amur River of Russia, and the Yukon and St. Lawrence rivers of Canada (Nowak, 1991). Belugas have been found 1,995 km (1,240 mi.) up the Amur River, and 965 km (600 mi.) up the Yukon (Alaska Geographic Society, 1978).
This is 3 images blended together. Originals shot at Sea World, San Diego, CA, USA Oct. 1, 2010 with a Kodak ESZ915 – except the pool water which was shot with a Nikon CP8400. Processed with DAP layers and PSCS2. Finished by hand-painting with tablet & pen.
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