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13 animals of the Arctic

By: Caroline Inge on Nov. 22, 2011, 8:12 a.m.
A beluga whale

Photo: ZUMA Press

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Beluga whale

This celebrated white whale can be found in the icy waters of Alaska, Canada, Greenland and Russia, though the population in each of these countries is considered threatened.

Beluga whales are only found in the U.S. in Alaska, and only five populations of beluga whales still exist there. Conservation of the Cook Inlet population, one of the few beluga populations that do not migrate, recently became listed as critical and is protected by the U.S. Endangered Species Act.