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Beluga and Narwhal: Monodontidae - Belugas, Narwhals, And People

fat arctic whales hunted

The native people of the Arctic, the Inuit, have hunted narwhals and beluga whales for hundreds of years. These animals are an important part of their diet and culture. Both species have also been hunted commercially.

NOW THAT'S FAT!

In order to keep from freezing in the from cold Arctic water, beluga whales are covered with a layer of blubber that is 10 inches (25 centimeters) thick. This fat makes up half of the animal's weight or on average 1,700 pounds (800 kilograms) of fat.

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