Monday, November 24, 2008

Vulnerable Beluga

we'll pass the blanched bellies of sweet supine whales,
a whorl in the wake of our veritable vessel
their mouths filled with prose,
winsome and slow
mumbled low,
and forever bashful

- their genus name 'Delphinapterus' means 'dolphin-without-a-wing'
- belugas have an extremely flexible neck and can turn their head almost 90 degrees to the side
- lips are also flexible, forming a variety of facial expressions
- clicks, grunts, squeals, screeches and whistles. These sounds can be heard through the hulls of ships and the beluga was nicknamed the 'sea canary' by early Arctic sailors
- they are classified as Vulnerable

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