Russian Journal of Marine Biology

, Volume 44, Issue 1, pp 58–67 | Cite as

The Adaptive Behavior of the White Whales Delphinapterus leucas (Pallas, 1776) in the Southern Herd of the White Sea under Conditions of the Local Habitat During the Breeding Season

  • V. V. Andrianov
  • L. R. Lukin
  • A. A. Lebedev
  • T. Yu. Lisitsina


Research on a southern herd of white (beluga) whales conducted during the summer seasons of 2003–2006 in the southeastern part of the Onega Bay revealed the specific behavioral features that allow white whales to sustain their habitation in the local hydrological conditions. It has been shown that once the white whales occur in some areas of habitation with complicated hydrological conditions, the animals develop an entire complex of behavioral adaptations that provide their comfort and their successful reproduction in the habitat.


White Sea white (beluga) whales local herd hydrological conditions adaptive behavior reproduction 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • V. V. Andrianov
    • 1
  • L. R. Lukin
    • 1
  • A. A. Lebedev
    • 1
  • T. Yu. Lisitsina
    • 2
  1. 1.Laverov Federal Center for Integrated Arctic ResearchRussian Academy of SciencesArkhangelskRussia
  2. 2.Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution, ResearchRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia

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