February 8, 2016
Georgia Aquarium is happy to welcome the arrival of three new beluga whales, 6-year-old male Nunavik, 12-year-old male Aurek and 10-year-old female Maple, to its Georgia-Pacific Cold Water Quest gallery.
Aurek and Maple both come from SeaWorld Orlando and Nunavik comes from Shedd Aquarium, and join Qinu at Georgia Aquarium. Former Georgia Aquarium beluga whale, Grayson, moved to Shedd Aquarium. This move was a coordinated effort to manage the populations of belugas in North America by all accredited partner facilities. Consistent with how animals are managed within zoological facilities, great care is taken to ensure the animals are cared for in social groups that are appropriate for the individual animals. This collaborative management effort maximizes genetic diversity and the breeding potential of the entire population.