A wild Beluga whale swims in the chilly waters off Nova Scotia, Canada. Its mother was killed and the orphaned whale lived in the bay for several years.
“He was very much interested in posing for the camera,” Skerry says.
Beluga whales are likely to suffer as a warming climate causes Arctic ice to retreat.
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