Last week, the Alaska Dispatch reported a baby beluga whale was rescued from Alaska's Bristol Bay region. Now marine mammal experts are working round-the-clock to keep the calf alive, Zooborns reports.
According to the Dispatch, the newborn was spotted swimming without any other whales in sight. After getting approval from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, staff from the SeaLife Center launched a "high tension" rescue, using a nine-passenger aircraft to transport the baby to the Alaska SeaLife Center.
The center's CEO Tara Riemer told the Associated Press the greatest challenge so far has been providing the 24-hour care the male calf will need to survive.
Due to his immature immune system, the baby whale is considered in critical condition. Four accredited aquariums have joined forces to help with the constant monitoring. Together, the experts total 125 years of experience. If he make it through, the Associated Press reports the baby will not be released back to the wild, and a federal agency will determine his placement.
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