The beluga calf was rescued Saturday, Sept. 30 from Cook Inlet, Alaska, after being found struggling to survive.
The Shedd has teamed up with experts from four other aquariums, including Georgia Aquarium, Vancouver Aquarium, SeaWorld, and Mystic Aquarium, to provide around-the-clock intensive care for the male calf and assist the Alaska SeaLife Center.
“As Alaska’s only marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation center, our team of experts are responsible for the care of a variety of critical wildlife response situations across the state. To be able to have our expert colleagues assist us with this critically endangered beluga calf is a true testament to the marine mammal community’s commitment to caring for and preserving wild cetacean populations,” said Tara Riemer, President and CEO at the Alaska SeaLife Center, in a statement. “To witness everyone come together for this very young calf is heartwarming as he is receiving the best 24-hour care from experts across North America.”
Specialists estimate his survival at less than 10 percent, but the team is dedicated to giving him the best possible chance at life.
He belongs to a critically endangered population of beluga whales in the Cook Inlet. Only 328 members of the species are left in the wild.