Its great to see that some whales that are making a come back
Puiji and Naya are expecting. The twenty-something beluga whales at Shedd Aquarium are pregnant, a facility official said, with calves expected to be born this fall.
Shedd Aquarium beluga whales Puiji (left) and Naya are expected to give birth this fall.
The pregnancies were confirmed through blood tests and ultrasound exams shortly after they returned to Shedd in May after a temporary relocation to an aquarium in Mystic, Conn., said Ken Ramirez, senior vice president of animal collections and training. The relocation was required as Shedd’s Oceanarium was renovated. But the movement appeared not to affect either expectant mother’s health.
“Both whales are healthy and their pregnancies are progressing normally,” Ramirez said.
This marks the third pregnancy for Puiji, 23, and the second for Naya, 20. They are two of the aquarium’s seven beluga whales.