Belugas are group animals and are usually seen in groups of 5-20. They are restricted to Arctic and sub-Arctic regions of the Northern hemisphere, and can be found off North America, the Bering Sea, Northern Scandinavia, the former Soviet Union and Greenland. The main populations have been defined as the Bering Sea, Chukchi and Okhotsk Sea; high Arctic Canada and west Greenland; Hudson Bay and James Bay, Canada; Svalbard area, and the Gulf of St Lawrence, Canada.
Belugas are particularly gentle creatures. No other whale species can produce as many diverse high-frequency sounds while only two other species can move their heads in all directions. They can also change the shape of their mouth so they appear to have many different facial expressions. The combination of all of these has resulted in the whale becoming very popular, both in marine parks and by whale-watchers who observe them in their natural terrain. Belugas never jump, though.