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Baby Beluga at Alaska Sealife Center

The  adorable, ever-smiling baby beluga, Tyonek, loves to play. Today after his noon bottle feeding, a staff person from the Shedd Aquarium dribbled water drops into his eager mouth. He discovered the floating pool thermometer and pushed it expertly around like a little tug boat. The water, incidentally, was 46º, same as Resurrection Bay. The pool is now filled to the brim to allow him to dive as deeply as possible, holding his breath up to 3 minutes. He showed off how he could turn upside down, exposing his whitish baby belly, and did a little spying with only his head above water. At 3 months, 222 pounds, he’s healthy, active, and on track.

The Alaska Sealife Center will be closed for Christmas. Don’t forget the upcoming Beluga Chats presentations at 12:15 pm on December 26, 28, 29, and 30th, free with paid admission. The ASLC offers free admission for Alaska residents on Wednesdays from 12 to 5 pm through February 28. Donations and memberships are greatly appreciated to help support this fabulous facility.

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submitted by Carol Griswold

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