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A beluga whale peers interestedly at an underwater camera in Shedd's Abbott Oceanarium

Beluga Whale

Beluga whales’ snow white skin and thick blubber help them survive in coastal waters throughout the Arctic.

A beluga calf swims next to its mother at Shedd Aquarium.

Benefiting endangered belugas in Alaska

Shedd supports research benefiting the critically endangered beluga whale population in Alaska’s Cook Inlet. Approximately 340 individuals remain in these waters, down from a historic 1,300 animals.

By teaming with Georgia Aquarium to fund research by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game on beluga habitat use, foraging and the impact of noise pollution, we hope to help save this small but important population.

Beluga rescue in action

Shedd's Animal Response Team helped rescue a young beluga stranded in Canada, teaming with partners to transport the whale to a safe home.

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Meet the Belugas

With a few key characteristics and enough whales within view to make comparisons, you can begin to figure out who’s who among Shedd’s eight belugas and even get some insights into their social relationships.

Beluga Who's Who

Beethoven

Bella

Kayavak

Kimalu

Naya

Aurek

Annik

Atlas