December 10, 2018

Ga. Aquarium expecting rare beluga whale birth

ATLANTA (AP) — The world’s largest aquarium is expecting the pitter patter of giant fins. The Georgia Aquarium has a rare beluga whale pregnancy, the first mammal to conceive at the downtown Atlanta attraction since it opened in 2005.

The mother, Maris, got pregnant naturally — not through insemination — which is rare for belugas in captivity.

Maris, whose midsection is bulging and sometimes ripples as the baby moves in her womb, is being monitored round-the-clock as she gets closer to the end of her 14-month pregnancy. She is expected to give birth by June to a calf