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Shedd Aquarium Announces Beluga Whale Pregnancy

September 18, 2018 - 2:15 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The Shedd Aquarium announced Tuesday that one of their beluga whales is pregnant.

Mauyak, a 37-year-old beluga whale, is expected to give birth in summer 2019.

“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 Shedd Aquarium, in a statement. “The beluga whales at Shedd allow people to discover and make connections with an incredible species that lives thousands of miles away, and this pregnancy is no exception. We are looking forward to bringing our guests with us every step of the way and sharing the wonder of beluga whale development.”

According to the Sheed, for the time being, Mauyak’s days will remain the same: swimming with the other belugas, engaging with the beluga care staff and guests, and participating in aquatic presentations. The veterinarian team will also visit her for regular checkups, which include video ultrasounds.

Mauyak is an experienced mother. Her most recent calf, Kimalu, was born in 2012.  Guests will continue to see Mauyak in the Abbott Oceanarium, and Shedd will provide updates throughout her pregnancy.

The Shedd currently has eight buluga whales on site.

Watch Mauyak's sonogram below: