This replica skull is from a fetal (unborn) Beluga Whale.
The beluga whale, aka white whale, Delphinapterus leucas (Pallas, 1776), is a fascinating small whale with a characteristic stocky frame, solid white color, and bulbous melon. The soft and flexible blubber around the head gives the beluga the ability to change its facial expressions easily. A dorsal ridge, more prominent in males, replaces the dorsal fin found in other whale species. Adult males have flippers that curl upwards. In older individuals, the melon and lips become more pronounced and the skin, though muscular and supple, is quite rough. At birth, calves are gray in color; they lighten to a blue-tinged white around five years of age turning pure white as adults. Males measure between 13-18 feet in length, with a body weight of between 2000-3000 pounds; females are smaller (around 10-13.5 feet in length and weighing 1000-2000 pounds). The upper jaw holds nine pairs of teeth, the lower jaw, eight pairs.
10 inches long
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