Today, I thought I'd share some videos of beluga whales. They're much bigger than dolphins, but have much of the same playfulness and cute factor. At this point, the beluga whale is only at near threatened status, but it is estimated that the species will be upgraded to threatened status within the next five years due largely to pollution. In some areas, such as the Cook Inlet in Alaska, the number of beluga whales have been depleted so much that they are classified as critically endangered for that region.
There are many organizations out there who are working to help in the conservation of these beautiful creatures, and I'll start you off with one of my favorites, Defenders of Wildlife.
Okay, now enjoy the videos:
Baby beluga being born. Not terribly graphic. Mostly just cool.