Shedd Aquarium announces beluga whale’s pregnancy

SHARE Shedd Aquarium announces beluga whale’s pregnancy
mauyak_480p2466_e1537288591817.jpg

The Shedd Aquarium announced Tuesday that one of its beluga whales is pregnant and is expected to give birth next summer. | Shedd Aquarium

The Shedd Aquarium announced Tuesday that one of its beluga whales is pregnant and is expected to give birth next summer.

Mauyak, a 37-year-old beluga whale, last gave birth in 2012 to a calf named Kimalu.

“Mauyak is progressing beautifully, and our suite of veterinarians and beluga care team are working in sync to regularly check her and the developing calf,” said Steve Aibel, senior director of marine mammals at the Shedd.

Muyak – whose name means “soft snow” in Inuit – won’t change her routine even though that she is expecting, Shedd officials said. She spends her days swimming with other belugas, interacting with the aquarium staff and guests, and taking part in daily aquatic shows.

Staff at the Shedd expressed excitement over the pregnancy.

“In addition to the excitement and joy of an aquarium birth, each new arrival affords our team and our professional community the opportunity to grow our understanding of how to care for animals here and in the wild. There is no better feeling than taking what we learn at Shedd and applying it to a rescue operation in the field or a conservation effort to safeguard this species,” said Peggy Sloan, chiefanimal operations officer.

The Latest
He’s confident the rehab start he will make with Triple-A Iowa on Sunday will be the only one he needs before returning.
The Bulls accomplished most of their major offseason goals the last month, and while that should be a good thing it might not be enough. The Eastern Conference is only improving both ahead and behind the Bulls.
Dylan Cease was named American League Pitcher of the Month for June on Saturday. He allowed one run in five innings, helping the Sox to an important 5-3 win.
A petition organized the Coalition For A Better Chinese American Community and Ald. Byron Sigcho-Lopez (25th) will ask the city next week to revoke licenses for No. 18 Karaoke Bar.
Griner is 135 days into her detainment in Russia and one day into her trial on drug charges, which are punishable by up to 10 years in prison.