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Marine experts dash to Alaska to help save orphaned baby beluga

Marine experts dash to Alaska to help save orphaned baby beluga

When an orphaned beluga whale calf was found alone and in distress in Cook Inlet, Alaska, marine mammal experts from around North America answered the call to help with the 4-week-old calf's round-the-clock care. The beluga was taken to the Alaska SeaLife Center (ASLC) in Seward, Alaska, with caregivers from the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, Vancouver Aquarium, Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, SeaWorld, and Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut immediately offering help to care for the (relatively) little guy. The calf is part of the critically endangered Cook Inlet beluga whale population which, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) , may once have had 1,300 members. The most recent estimate is that there are only about 328 individuals left. The beluga is receiving 24-hour monitoring, as well as veterinary treatment from his team of expert caregivers. ...

Full article: https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/stories/orphane...

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