Mystic Aquarium helping orphaned baby whale

(WTNH) — Mystic Aquarium is helping to save an orphaned baby Beluga whale in Alaska.

The four to six week old male which weights about 140 pounds was found stranded on a beach in Cook Inlet, Alaska. It is part of an endangered population and was airlifted to the Alaska SeaLife Center where experts from five aquariums including Mystic are providing round-the-clock care.

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Calves usually nurse for up to two years, so this little guy needs a lot of help to survive.

“He needed support medically but also when they strand they can be weak so he may need support in the water and it change as the rehabilitation process goes on and either they go up and down,” said Laurie Macha of Mystic Aquarium. “They can get strong at times and go through some periods where they need more support.”

The baby Beluga could require this extra care for up to a year.

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