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A beluga whale

Baby Beluga

Though young belugas are gray or brown, adults are easily identified by their white coloring. This white color allows the beluga to blend into its habitat, the icy Arctic and subarctic waters. However it is not a perfect defense against the beluga’s predators, which include polar bears, killer whales, and humans. 

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