Global Warming and Beluga Whales
How is Global Warming Affecting Beluga Whales?
Basics about Beluga Whales
The scientific name of the beluga whale is Delphinapterus Teucas. Beluga whales range from 13-20 feet long, and they live in the article costal waters and sub costal waters. When the ice freezes over, they migrate to warmer waters. They live in groups called pods, and they eat fish, crustations,krill, and worms.
How the Enviroment of the Beluga Whales is Being Affected
Global warming is affecting the Arctic in many ways. Melting sea ice is causing more ships and vessels to pass through beluga territory. These ships will bring poisonous gas and oil which may cause injury, sickness, and death to the whales.
The increase in precipitation from the south will bring pollution to the south causing the Arctic to be polluted. The article sea temperature has gone up a total of 14 degrees Celsius.
Ways to Stop Global Warming
The easiest and most common way to reduce the effects of global warming are to reduce the burning of fossil fuels. A quick drive to the store could be switched for a bike ride. Just simple things like this can make a huge difference. Another way the reduce global warming is to use less energy. Turning off the light when leaving, unplugging computers at night, and even simply changing to energy efficient light bulbs can make a huge difference.
How Global Warming Affects Beluga Whales
Global warming will hurt the whales in many ways like ,With all of the ice melting there is less space for the whales to live and with the less space their is more competition which will cause more whales to die. In many places, Toxins have deformed and killed whales calves. Because of the increased temperature, krill the main food source of the whales is dying ,which is causing some beluga whales to die because of starvation. The ice melting is causing human activity to increase in areas where humans never used to go because of the ice so the increased activity is harming the whales. Fisheries have expanded into the Arctic because their is more room to fish and their nets will hurt and kill whales.
By: Jill Gruskowski, Olivia Agostini, Brooke Gibbons, Meghan Keefe