At the Primorsky Aquarium in Vladivostok, 14-year-old beluga whale Jessica gave birth to a baby. According to the press service of the institution, this is the first case in Russia of the birth of offspring of white whales in captivity.
According to the director of the dolphinarium Igor Kostychev, the beluga whale gave birth on its own, without the help of specialists. Within a week, the cub learned to swim and hold its breath for a long time. Jessica’s video with her daughter was posted on the YouTube platform.
Currently, the little beluga whale goes through the first molt in its life and gradually changes color, which indicates normal development. After a few months, the calf will begin to taste fish, but for the first one and a half to two years it will be dependent on breast milk.
Earlier on Sakhalin, a beluga whale swam to the seashore and played with people resting there. A video of the incident was posted online. The footage shows how the whale swims aground, and the beach goers begin to stroke it. The mammal then disappears, but soon returns back to humans.