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The beluga whale (sometimes called the white whale) (Delphinapterus leucas) is one of the most distintice of whales. It is also one of the most vocal of all cetaceans. Its sounds can often be heard clearly above water or through the hull of a boat. Large groups of beluga whales have been known to swim hundreds of miles up rivers in Russia, Canada, and northern Europe. They have little fear of shallow waters. These cute whales can reach 18’ in length and inhabit arctic and subarctic waters and shallow coastal waters.