April 24, 2015
Fans, we are happy to update you on resident beluga whale Maris' pregnancy! Hear from our Director of Zoological Operations, Mammals and Birds, Eric Gaglione, on this exciting time:
Maris is now full term. Our team is anxiously waiting for her to go into labor, which could happen at any time. She continues to be healthy, bright, alert and responsive, and she has gained several hundred pounds over the course of her pregnancy. The calf is expected to weigh approximately 120-150 pounds! While the entire Georgia Aquarium team is excited and can't wait for the day Maris gives birth, we remain cautiously optimistic given that this is just her second pregnancy. The odds for survival increase with each of the mother’s consecutive pregnancies.