Vera Krasnova

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Elements of behavior under natural conditions, their duration, and frequency are described in three age groups of belugas calves: newborn, one-month-old, and two-month-old. The quantitative and qualitative indices of the recognized behavioral elements allowed us to evaluate the mother-infant contacts and to analyze their dynamics during calf growth. The(More)
The periods of development individual behavior in beluga calves are described. During these periods, calves form locomotor skills and interrelations with other individuals, and this determines the overall social structure of a pod. The formation of behavior in White Sea beluga calves passes through a number of stages. New types of social interactions arose(More)
Based on the data from long-term research in 1999–2009 we studied the population dynamics of Beluga whales in the Solovetsky reproductive gathering (RG) in the White Sea. This aggregation of Beluga whales is formed each year in the second half of May after the break-up of fast ice and persists to September inclusive. The aggregation numbers about 100(More)
The parental behavior of beluga whales observed in a summer reproductive gathering (near Solovetsky Island, Onega Bay, White Sea) is described, including the parturition process. A tight association between the female and its newborn infant has been traced by the case study of a stillborn calf. Individual behavioral patterns of a mother and calves(More)
BACKGROUND Behavioral laterality is known for a variety of vertebrate and invertebrate animals. Laterality in social interactions has been described for a wide range of species including humans. Although evidence and theoretical predictions indicate that in social species the degree of population level laterality is greater than in solitary ones, the origin(More)
Monitoring programmes for white whales (Delphinapterus leucas) have been called for repeatedly in recent years because this species is likely to be negatively impacted by climate change, but also because such a broadly dispersed, high trophic feeder can serve as an effective ecosystem sentinel. Arctic ecosystems are difficult to monitor because of the(More)
Cancer of the buccal mucosa ranks fourth in the structure of cancers. Pretumor processes of the buccal mucosa are Bouin's disease, leukoplakia verrucosa, papillomatosis, erosive ulcerative and hyperkeratotic lupus erythematosus and lichen planus, and postradiation stomatitis. Two clinical cases of cancer of the tongue in young men aged 27 years are(More)
Skin defects in beluga whales of the Solovetsky gathering (Onega Bay, White Sea) were found and systematized as a result of long-term (2007–2012) photo-identification work. The probable causes of the defects, based on their appearance as well as their duration are discussed. The occurrence of animals with skin defects of various etiologies and its dynamics(More)
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