Announcements, Science

Baby Beluga In Public View!

The baby Beluga whale delighted visitors at the Alaska Sealife Center this afternoon on public display in the outdoor pool. The baby whale was discovered  on the west side of Cook Inlet stranded at the beach and doomed to die. Belugas are a critically endangered species. The 2 to 4 week-old calf was rescued and admitted to the ASLC on September 30, 2017.

After many weeks of  intensive, round-the-clock critical care, Tyonek has gained 40 pounds, now weighing 182 pounds, and is 5  1/2 feet long. We were lucky to see the trainer feed him a bottle of special marine mammal formula blended with fish and medicines. He is fed every four hours, round the clock.

The outdoor pool, which recently featured the baby walrus, has been modified with the addition of sturdy, slip-proof stairs to enable the staff to more easily transport him from the chilly pool to the warmer, but smaller pool in the Intensive Care Unit.


The Alaska Sealife Center is open daily from noon to 5 pm, closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Free admission on Wednesdays through February for Alaskan residents! Donations to support wildlife response and rehab are greatly appreciated.


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