Name the Beluga Calf
April 22 - May 2, 2013
Thanks to our partners at Chicago's WGN-TV for helping us choose her name!
The Winning Name
Kimalu (KEE-mah-loo) Something or someone special
Kimalu is a traditional Inuit name given to someone special; while every whale at the aquarium is special, this is mother Mauyak’s first female calf.
The beluga whales have names that derive from the Inuit language—native to those who live in the Arctic region where belugas can be found. This Inuit name was selected by the calf's trainers based on what they thought would be a good fit for her.
About the calf
• She was born on August 27, 2012
• She's Mauyak's third calf, but first female calf!
• She weighs 300 pounds and is 6 feet, 5 inches in length.
• She's dark grey in color, but as she continues to grow she'll fade to a white.
• The creases around her body are called "fetal folds" and started to disappear after several weeks.
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Fun facts about belugas
• They're called “canaries of the sea” because of the squeals, trills, chirps and other sounds they make through their blowholes.
• Shedd’s whales can even mimic the raspy, Darth Vader-like breathing sounds of the scuba divers who clean their habitat.
• Adult beluga whales can grow up to 18 feet long and weigh more than 3,000 pounds!
• Naturally social, belugas will often travel in pods of three to 10 whales.
• Belugas can eat up to 80 pounds of fish a day!
• Shedd’s beluga whales derive their names from the Inuit language of the native people who live among belugas in the Arctic region.
• Studies show that seeing and learning about belugas in person increases understanding of the species and of the potential impact of changes in our oceans, inspiring people to become involved in conserving and protecting the species.
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