November 21, 2018

Beluga whale born at Shedd Aquarium

A beluga whale gave birth to a baby early this morning at the Shedd Aquarium, officials announced today.

Mauyak, who has given birth to two other calves at the aquarium, gave birth at 2 a.m. to a whale estimated at 150 pounds and 4-1/2 feet, according to a release from the aquarium. The calf arrived after a labor that went quickly and “very smoothly,” according to the aquarium’s head of animal care, Ken Ramirez.

As of this afternoon, the calf already was trying to nurse, “the most anxiously awaited event after the calf’s first breath,” because baby belugas have to learn how