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|Meet Our Beluga Whales!|
Residents of the Arctic Coast:
KELA (KEE-la): Born in 1981, Kela is 11 feet long and weighs 1,100 pounds. She has never mothered a calf, but underwent the first-ever beluga whale artificial insemination in 2005. Her full name, Kelalukak, means “leader.”
*ID TIP: Kela has dark gray spots along the side of her body and dorsal ridge.
NAKU (na-KOO): Born in 1981, Naku is 11 feet long and weighs 1,350 pounds. Like Kela, Naku has never mothered a calf. Her full name, Nakungayok, means “cross-eyed” or “bright-eyed.”
*ID TIP: Naku is the dominant female in this exhibit. She is light gray with a white patch on her dorsal ridge and a white crescent moon shape on her head.
JUNO (JOO-No): Juno was born in July 2002. He came to Mystic Aquarium on a breeding loan from SeaWorld Orlando in January 2010. Juno is 11 feet, nine inches long and weighs 1,320 pounds.
NALUARK (Na-LOO-ark): Born in 1986, Naluark, an Inuit word meaning “whitened skin,” weighs 2,100 pounds and is just over 13 feet long. Naluark came to Mystic Aquarium on breeding loan from Chicago's John G. Shedd Aquarium in October 2011.
*ID TIP: Naluark is pure white in color and the largest of our four belugas. He has a large melon, a cleft lip and pronounced rails on either side of his body.
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