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Aug 20, 2007


Check out this new bebeh Beluga over at Chicago's Shedd Aquarium.

He's all taking his first bref, blowing air out his blowhole: ""PPPBBBBFFFFTTTHH!!!"


Then he's all snuggleh: [whale purring sounds]


Not to mention he's got room to grow with his foldy side chub:


Molly D. (and to all other Sender-Inners) way to go. And get your continued Calf Updates here.

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Squeeee! I think my head just exploded from cuteness! And he's smiling already!

 |  Aug 20, 2007 at 11:34 AM

Oh! So small, so grey, so chubby! Belugas are the bestest whales evar!

Caitlin Youngquist
 |  Aug 20, 2007 at 11:34 AM

This is one of the cutest posts ever. I love the snuggle action. Why don't we have a separate category for aquatic cuteness? I would spend all day in that section.

 |  Aug 20, 2007 at 11:35 AM

What a cute beluga whale! I hope his mommy keeps him safe.

Shannon Johnson
 |  Aug 20, 2007 at 11:35 AM

trying not to squeeeeee out loud at work foldy chub OMG!

 |  Aug 20, 2007 at 11:39 AM

LOL we do but whales are not fish.

 |  Aug 20, 2007 at 11:41 AM

In the second pic they look like dolphins. Very chubby cutes.

 |  Aug 20, 2007 at 11:42 AM

Wasn't there a childrens song that went "Baby Beluga in the deep blue sea" or something to that extent.

Baby Beluga!
Baby Beluga!

Allie and Jojo-s Mom
 |  Aug 20, 2007 at 11:48 AM

There was a time I wondered if I would ever be able to stop singing that song. [baby beluga] In spite of that I really like it and let's face it, it is PERFECT for this little guy :D
Deep sea cute!

 |  Aug 20, 2007 at 11:50 AM

PS: The song is by Raffi.

 |  Aug 20, 2007 at 11:50 AM

(Sings) And a little white whale on the go!

 |  Aug 20, 2007 at 11:54 AM

I gotta tell ya - the song is about as cute as the whale.

Sing your little song
Sing for all your friends
We love

 |  Aug 20, 2007 at 12:03 PM

Baby beluga in the deep blue sea,
Swim so wild and you swim so free.
Heaven above and the sea below,
And a little white whale on the go.

Baby beluga, baby beluga,
Is the water warm? Is your mama home,
With you so happy?

Way down yonder where the dolphins play,
Where you dive and splash all day,
Waves roll in and the waves roll out.
See the water squirting out of your spout.

Baby beluga, oh, baby beluga,
Sing your little song, sing for all your friends.
We like to hear you.

When it's dark, you're home and fed.
Curled up snug in your waterbed.
Moon is shining and the stars are out.
Good night, little whale, good night.

Baby beluga, oh, baby beluga,
With tomorrow's sun, another day's begun.
You'll soon be waking.

Baby beluga in the deep blue sea,
Swim so wild and you swim so free.
Heaven above and the sea below,
And a little white whale on the go.
You're just a little white whale on the go.

 |  Aug 20, 2007 at 12:06 PM

OMG SOOOOOOOO cute! and it's a good thing I don't know the tune to his song or I would have an earworm for sure.

Mary (the first)
 |  Aug 20, 2007 at 12:10 PM

He wooks cold *gently slides bewuga bebeh into leg warmer with flippers holes*

 |  Aug 20, 2007 at 12:11 PM

how sweet this is.. just look at the cute smile on the baby face.
Subhan Allah!

 |  Aug 20, 2007 at 12:15 PM

I absaloutly ABHOR whales but this little guy is smiling and even I have to admit its pretty cute.

 |  Aug 20, 2007 at 12:16 PM

Wha? You hate whales?

Nice Christine
 |  Aug 20, 2007 at 12:18 PM

Oh, he's smiling....so sweet!!

 |  Aug 20, 2007 at 12:21 PM

OMG - Is that a nose roll I see in photo 3?! Or at least a cute roll where a nose would be on other critters.

Way Cool Groovy Chick
 |  Aug 20, 2007 at 12:24 PM

It's a n'awwwwhale! :D

Also, that Raffi song will be forever awesome.

 |  Aug 20, 2007 at 12:37 PM

Good lord he needs to be stopped!

 |  Aug 20, 2007 at 12:41 PM

God! So cute!! It looks like he's smiling in that last picture.

 |  Aug 20, 2007 at 12:46 PM

It's Momday, apparently! ^_^

fish eye no miko
 |  Aug 20, 2007 at 12:46 PM

In that third photo, li'l baby beluga looks a lot like me underwater--pale and flabby with lots of side chub...!

Although let me assure all present that I would never ever go swimming nekkid. That would just be tooooo horrifying. ;)

 |  Aug 20, 2007 at 12:54 PM

That baby is a GIRL! Her name is Bella!

 |  Aug 20, 2007 at 12:58 PM

Mama and baby!
Smiling whale!
Side chub!
Side chub!
Side chub!
*sigh* chub...
so cute.

 |  Aug 20, 2007 at 01:04 PM

Bella the baby beluga
In the deep blue sea
Swim so wild and youswim so free
Heaven above and the sea below
Little white whale on the go
Your a little white whale on the go.

Ahhh I think my day is absolutely complete now.
Thank you Miss Meg

 |  Aug 20, 2007 at 01:07 PM

Oh, this is the first time I'm truly happy about an earworm! Nothing makes that song more glorious than adorable baby beluga pics! Monday is looking up :D

 |  Aug 20, 2007 at 01:07 PM

awww. doncha love it, lil side chub!!

 |  Aug 20, 2007 at 02:35 PM

Belugas are so friendly-looking! I need to go to the aquarium soon (I haven't been in decades), and try singing back to the belugas for a while...

 |  Aug 20, 2007 at 02:39 PM


"And remember, peeps, its Beluga CAV-iar, not Calf-iar"

 |  Aug 20, 2007 at 03:04 PM

er . I just read some of the info. on the Shedd aquarium website. That's not Bella. Bella was born last year sometime to a different mother. This one doesn't have its gender known yet. just fyi .

Mary (the first)
 |  Aug 20, 2007 at 03:26 PM

AWWWWW, go little fella, go!!

 |  Aug 20, 2007 at 03:39 PM

What a smile! this little guy makes me squee.

 |  Aug 20, 2007 at 05:00 PM

I seriously want to jump in and kiss him for hours!

Mama, too!

 |  Aug 20, 2007 at 05:47 PM

Oi Peeps -- just so you know, we are in fact aware that whales aren't exactly "Fishes". It's the closest category we have, though.

Carry on.

 |  Aug 20, 2007 at 06:59 PM

I just can't condone the captivity of whales and dolphins.

Another Angela
 |  Aug 20, 2007 at 08:14 PM

At least Baby Beluga ain't gonna git harpooned in the aquarium....

or eaten by a shark or an orca for that matter... like the one I saw on "The Blue Planet" last week.... all the Orcas drowned the baby blue whale... then just ate its jaw.... apparently, its the only bit they like.

zoos and aquariums serve a porpoise.............

Cute or what.....

 |  Aug 20, 2007 at 08:26 PM

I LOVE his stubby little snout! ^_^

 |  Aug 20, 2007 at 08:33 PM

how cool! nice job takin the picture!!!

 |  Aug 20, 2007 at 08:36 PM

I went to the shedd a few years ago on Wednesday morning. It was DEAD and the trainers were feeding the belugas.

Since no one was around, they let my hubby and I feed them and then we played catch with a beach ball. Possibly the coolest experience ever.

Apparently the belug approved of my feeding technique because it totally emptied its blow hole on me. The trainer said that it meant it liked me. I think the trainer was trying to keep me from being upset that I was soaked. I couldn't have cared less--I had numerous COXCU with a belug LIVE. Best memory eva!

 |  Aug 20, 2007 at 09:25 PM

SQUEEEEEEEEEEE!!! Smiling beluga baby! I want to snuggle heem!

 |  Aug 20, 2007 at 10:54 PM

And in the last photo you can see a bit of his umbilical cord!

According to the site, the side folds are from "being scrunched up inside Mom." Hee!

 |  Aug 20, 2007 at 10:56 PM

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 |  Aug 20, 2007 at 11:02 PM

PPPBBBFFFTTTHH!!! to you little one.

The Honourable Gladys Anstruther
 |  Aug 20, 2007 at 11:11 PM

whoa!!! i JUST saw those belugas in REAL LIFE, last week!!!! fucking cute

 |  Aug 21, 2007 at 12:37 AM

yeah haha better file it under fish than under pocket pets

 |  Aug 21, 2007 at 03:19 AM

You do know that whales aren't fish... ?

 |  Aug 21, 2007 at 04:20 AM

If these pictures were in Mad magazine, he'd be going Plllllbbbrrrrttttt.

Just sayin' ya know?

I love that Beluga's always look so happy and smiley! This baby is very super adorable.

XXXXXXX on it's widdle face

Carrie- Hamster Defender
 |  Aug 21, 2007 at 04:22 AM

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