10/24/07 09:53 PM
Re: Lots of historical beluga info!

May 10, 1984, Thursday
A baby beluga whale, believed to be the first ever born in captivity, was reported in good condition today at Sea World here. The 55-pound mammal was born late Monday, according to Lanny Cornell, Sea World's zoological director.

June 2, 1984, Saturday
Alex, said to be the oldest whale ever held in captivity, died early today at Mystic Marinelife Aquarium after suffering from a number of ailments and ''plain old age,'' the aquarium announced. The 25-year-old beluga whale was among the aquarium's most popular attractions, said an aquarium spokesman, Laura Kezer. She said staff veterinarians would conduct an autopsy on Saturday.
Alex had been plagued with a yeast infection, ulcers and cataracts for a number of years, Miss Kezer said.
The whale arrived in 1976 in a transaction that involved the New York Aquarium and Sea World of San Diego, Miss Kezer said. The New York Aquarium had captured the two-ton whale in 1960.

July 21, 1984, Saturday
Although no calf born in captivity has survived, both aquariums hope to breed the whales. Mystic, whose only whale, Alex, died last month, wanted a male and a female. New York, which already has a male and a female, wanted two more males and another female. An error in determining the sex would be a disaster.
''We all remember the time 'Katie' turned out to be 'Kojak,' '' Mrs. Kezer said of a former Mystic fiasco.

July 20, 1985 Saturday
VANCOUVER (CP) - The Vancouver Aquarium has acquired two more beluga whales from northern Canadian waters.
The belugas, a male and female aged between 3 and 4 and weighing about 360 kilograms each, were acquired as company for Kavna, whose companion, Sanaq, died last February from a suspected bacterial infection.
The aquarium obtained a permit from the federal Fisheries Department to obtain two animals and a team was sent to Churchill, Man., last week.

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