Beluga calf born at SeaWorld San Antonio
SAN ANTONIO - Early this Thursday morning, “Luna” the beluga whale delivered a calf at SeaWorld San Antonio. The little guy (or girl – they haven’t determined the sex yet) already ways about 140 pounds!
The first weeks in the life of a dolphin or whale are critical.
“We are happy to report that the new calf has been observed bonding and swimming with mom as expected,” said Chris Bellows, SeaWorld San Antonio’s vice president for zoological operations. “We expect the calf to begin nursing soon, which is one of the first signs of health and well-being in a newborn.”
Luna was born at SeaWorld San Antonio in 2000. This is her third calf. Another experienced mother, “Martha” joined Luna and calf in the pool. The calf’s dad, “Imaq,” comes from the Vancouver Aquarium and is currently in the care of SeaWorld San Antonio.
In order to allow mother and calf time to bond, presentations in Beluga Stadium will be temporarily suspended. The park plans to hold limited “visiting hours” within the next few days.