William Hurley, chief animal officer at the Georgia Aquarium, said Tuesday that the calf is being cared for around the clock. The baby beluga was born Friday night and weighed 82 pounds, well below normal.
First pregnancies in beluga whales are often unsuccessful in the wild and in captivity. Just after birth, the calf showed signs she wasn’t strong enough to navigate on her own and was assisted by divers.
The calf is the first beluga born at Georgia Aquarium. Her parents are 17-year-old Maris and 19-year-old Beethoven.