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Oct 23, 2008

Hand Sandwich, My Favorite!

To caviar lovers, Beluga is a tasty snack, but to this baby Beluga, you're a tasty snack.  This friendly little lady from the Vancouver Aquarium, less than six months old, loves getting her tongue rubbed, of all things. (More Vancouver Aquarium videos here)

Let's give sender-inner Meighan M. a great big ... oh, you know.

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... I don't even know what to say.

But, awww, Beluga!

 |  Oct 23, 2008 at 05:25 AM

my bleening life to have a job like that!!

 |  Oct 23, 2008 at 05:25 AM

Don't you think it has to be a nursing feeling and the hand is a big pacifier? She's just a baby after all.

Anne Boleyn
 |  Oct 23, 2008 at 05:28 AM

Just so we're 100% clear, beluga caviar comes from the beluga sturgeon, not the beluga whale. Not sayin' anyone didn't know that. Just makin' sure it's clear.

JIm N.
 |  Oct 23, 2008 at 05:32 AM

I was half-expecting her tailio to start going like when I scratch his back!!

Did you see that PEEENK mouf? Too much!!

Gail (the first one)
 |  Oct 23, 2008 at 05:39 AM

Whoops, that should read ...when I scratch my dog's back!

Gail (the first one)
 |  Oct 23, 2008 at 05:40 AM

Are those squeeks coming from bebeh?!

My ears are bleeding, but it's a happy bleed.

Capt' Tightpants
 |  Oct 23, 2008 at 05:45 AM

Floating blobbulence!

 |  Oct 23, 2008 at 05:52 AM

What, no link to Baby Beluga by Raffi? Tsk, tsk, tsk... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mmZjjm0Hqg

 |  Oct 23, 2008 at 05:54 AM

Some of the jobs we get to see here at CO!!!! They may night pay that well, but the happiness factor, just WOW.

 |  Oct 23, 2008 at 06:01 AM

The sweetest face!

 |  Oct 23, 2008 at 06:12 AM

"Baby beluga in the deep blue...aquarium!"

Such a happy little whaleio!

cats 'r us
 |  Oct 23, 2008 at 06:13 AM

i want to put my hand in a baby beluga mouf too!!!!

 |  Oct 23, 2008 at 06:21 AM

Wait, no one's said it yet? Well, if I must...

In Soviet Russia, Beluga eats you!

 |  Oct 23, 2008 at 06:30 AM

That is just adorable... just what I needed on this melancholy toronto morn... i wanna hug teh whale!!1!

Rosie A.
 |  Oct 23, 2008 at 06:32 AM

I've always heard that killer whales like their tongues rubbed too. It comforts them for some reason.

 |  Oct 23, 2008 at 06:36 AM

I wonder how old Beluga's are when they get their fish eating teeth in? That's still a wee little one! I'd have to jump right in the (freezing) water and give that calf a hug!

 |  Oct 23, 2008 at 07:21 AM

"Let's give sender-inner Meighan M. a great big ... oh, you know."

A great big what? A great big "Thbbbtthbbtthbbt"?

 |  Oct 23, 2008 at 07:25 AM

We're not gonna try to name this one, are we?

Dexter Fishmore
 |  Oct 23, 2008 at 07:33 AM


 |  Oct 23, 2008 at 07:37 AM

Don't you just want to give the wee one a hug? I love whales so much!!

Here's her birth video. Aww!


And still photos too..


And another of a beluga birth in Chicago.Yeah belugas!

 |  Oct 23, 2008 at 07:42 AM

Egad! Who knew belugas had such pink mouths and tongues!

 |  Oct 23, 2008 at 07:47 AM

Pontifex- I just couldn't resist going to hear the Baby Beluga song-thank you!

Just miniature blopitude and bobbling up and down- adorable!

 |  Oct 23, 2008 at 07:49 AM

I wondered if she was going to snatch the guy's hand and pull him into the water, as a sort of "playful" gesture. But I guess even little baby belugas understand not to do that.

 |  Oct 23, 2008 at 07:50 AM

He needs a teething ring.

Hon Glad
 |  Oct 23, 2008 at 07:54 AM

And just think, some people don't think they deserve increased protection!


 |  Oct 23, 2008 at 07:57 AM

Apparently it tickles!

We have a baby beluga at the Shedd here in Chicago, and the last time I went she was following her mom around and imitating mom's behaviors during the show - like rolling over and trying to stick her flipper up. It was adorable.

Momma got fish, and Bella got tongue-tickles. I'll bet she was wondering if she'd like fish too.

 |  Oct 23, 2008 at 08:04 AM

I'm for increased protection, but for the animal's sake. Politics does not factor into it for me.

From a journalistic standpoint, the NY Times is hardly ever, ever fair. Seriously. They still write great stories, but anything relating to politics or environment brings out the claws.

 |  Oct 23, 2008 at 08:06 AM

I was there when she was born! They came into the viewing room and told us that the birt was going to happen, and that we could stay - but they didn't let anyone else in. It was "aw" with a teeeeensy bit of "omg ew" on the side.

She's an adorable little beluga! They always look like they're smiling...

 |  Oct 23, 2008 at 09:37 AM

I actually got to go and see this little baby back in July. :) She was just a wee little white sausage then.

I pretty much squee'd the whole time (except.. silently, because we had to be super quiet in the nursery viewing room at the aquarium).

 |  Oct 23, 2008 at 09:41 AM

It's mini Splashy VonBeluga Whalehouser! Or maybe this one's Splashette?

 |  Oct 23, 2008 at 10:13 AM

CoffeeCup, the NY Times was just reporting the facts. Here are the same facts, as reported elsewhere:


 |  Oct 23, 2008 at 10:27 AM

did y'all see the bubbles she blew underwater toward the beginning? Adorabulls!!

 |  Oct 23, 2008 at 10:44 AM

<3 How adorable! This has revolutionized tummy rubs.

 |  Oct 23, 2008 at 11:10 AM


 |  Oct 23, 2008 at 12:09 PM

Garsh, you know, if only a certain governor could see just how cute they are, you betcha, I betcha she'd changer her mind about the government gettin' involved in people's lives and reforming the old boys network, you know, and drill, baby beluga, drill, that's what people want. Also.

 |  Oct 23, 2008 at 12:17 PM

Ayoooooogah! Cute Bellllluuuuga!


 |  Oct 23, 2008 at 12:19 PM

splish splash! so much fun!! oh how much happiness these people gain!! <3

I wish i could work with animals every day! i don't think i would mind smelling like fish or poopie... ahaha....

(well, i'm assuming that zoos and what not kinda do emit a distinct odor...)

 |  Oct 23, 2008 at 12:46 PM

Everyone knows whales love handburgers. Explains the hooks-for-hands on pirates, dontcha know (they were whalers before beginning their plundering careers)...

J. Bo
 |  Oct 23, 2008 at 01:01 PM

I love the sound of sloshing water. >_>

 |  Oct 23, 2008 at 01:49 PM

Way super cool : )

 |  Oct 23, 2008 at 02:09 PM

Beluga caviar comes from a fish called beluga a.k.a European sturgeon. The video is of a beluga whale. Whales don't lay eggs (caviar) like fish do.

 |  Oct 23, 2008 at 02:36 PM

Oh man am I jealous. Soooo jealous! Aaargh.

I'm going to need a one hour video of this adorable beluga story please. One minute is not long enough

 |  Oct 23, 2008 at 02:41 PM


 |  Oct 23, 2008 at 02:43 PM


What a cute little blorp of joy!
Such a cute Splashy McBlorpersons vonCutenstuff!

 |  Oct 23, 2008 at 05:27 PM

cors that bebe want's his tongue rubbed... he be lookin for mama milk!

 |  Oct 23, 2008 at 07:13 PM

Just so we're 100% clear, beluga caviar comes from the beluga sturgeon, not the beluga whale. Not sayin' anyone didn't know that. Just makin' sure it's clear.

i did not know that, but it just finally clicked - how do you get caviar out of a whale? i googled it, and i learned something today. thanks, cute overload!

 |  Oct 23, 2008 at 08:29 PM

So, as a volunteer with the Vancouver Aquarium, I feel I would be remiss if I didn't note that Baby Beluga's new name is going to be announced tomorrow morning!


 |  Oct 23, 2008 at 08:33 PM

I saw this blubbery baby girl this summer. soooo cute.

 |  Oct 23, 2008 at 09:45 PM

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