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White Whale (Delphinapterus leucas) as an Indicator Species of the White Sea Environmental Status. Pp. 46–55.

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Lukin Leonid Romanovich, Institute of Ecological Problems of the North, Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Arkhangelsk, Russia)

Andrianov Viktor Vladimirovich, Institute of Ecological Problems of the North, Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Arkhangelsk, Russia)


The paper reflects the level of knowledge of the spatial structure of the White Sea beluga population consisting of eight local reproductive pods. The authors’ personal contribution to the study of five out of eight White Sea pods is presented. By the example of the southern local pod, we show that whales can be used as an indicator species of the ecological status of the southern part of the Onega Bay, the area affected by an oil spill.


White Sea, local white whale pods, oil pollution, oil content in the water and soil, status of the white whale southern pod.

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