Data from a Study of the White Whale Distribution in the Northern Seas of the USSR (Materialy k Izucheniyu Raspredeleniya Belukhi v Severnykh Moryakh SSSR),
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The report presents a condensed bibliographical review of the distribution, migration, and habits of white whales beluga in the Arctic seas of the USSR. Data from the literature are amplified and verified by questionnaires, interrogations, and the authors own observations. Reports and observations of white whale sightings are presented seasonally for each sea White, Barents, Kara, Laptev, East Siberian, and Chukchi. The seasonal movements of whitel whales are summarized and analyzed. It is concluded that belugas are circumpolar in distribution they frequent both coastal waters and the open sea influenced by ice conditions and food supply, and they winter both in open water and in leads polynyas among the ice.
- Biological Oceanography