Baby beluga whale born at aquarium dies

2015-06-06 11:06

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Atlanta - A young beluga calf, heralded as a milestone for whales born in captivity, has died.

The Georgia Aquarium says the female calf, not yet a month old, died next to her mother.

When the whale was born on May 10, US aquarium officials called it the first "viable calf" to be delivered from parents born in captivity. Officials say a necropsy will be conducted, but an exact cause of death may never be clear.

Belugas can dive to depths of 1 000m in their natural environment, but this one, like its parents, never swam in an ocean.

The calf's mother, Maris, was born at the New York Aquarium. Father Beethoven was born at SeaWorld San Antonio.

Maris in 2012 delivered a female calf that died days after birth.

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