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Belukha became a mother at the Primorsky Aquarium

Belukha became a mother at the Primorsky Aquarium
Photo: press service of the Primorsky Oceanarium

The dolphinarium of the Primorsky Aquarium has a new addition: 14-year-old beluga Jessica became a mother for the first time. Belushonok was born on August 1, he is healthy, strong and energetic. It is also a unique case for Russia of the appearance of offspring in white whales in a dolphinarium.

 According to Igor Kostychev, the head of the Primorsky Aquarium dolphinarium, Jessica gave birth at night on her own, she did not need the help of specialists. The cub, a girl, began to feed on mother's milk almost immediately, although this does not always happen in the first day after birth in beluga whales.

Kostychev also added that the mother turned out to be very caring, and at first she fed the cub once or twice an hour. Feeding now occurs less frequently, but longer in time. The little white baby will start trying fish only after a few months, but the mother's milk can eat up to two years.

The father, a beluga whale named Ler, also “helped” the mother with the baby. At first, he tried not to leave the family for a long time. For the first few days, while the cub was just learning to swim, the parents pushed him to the surface and supported him on the water. He learned to hold his breath for a long time in a few days.

Beluga whales are born blue-brown, which is why newborn cubs are often called "eggplants". The calf is now undergoing its first molt. Soon it will turn gray, and then, as it grows, it will turn white.

As Igor Kostychev added, beluga whales are closely watched, but they try not to disturb them once again. In the first weeks, both the calf and the firstborn mother are at very high health risks. 

 


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