1996 Photo Contest, Nature, 2nd prize

Jeff Vinnick


01 January, 1995

Coming up for air. Seconds after being born at the Vancouver Aquarium, a baby beluga whale heads for the surface to draw breath. The healthy calf was named Qila and weighed in at just over 100 pounds. Only two dozen belugas have ever been born in captivity. After a few years they lose their gray pigmentation - hence their other name: the white whale.

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Jeff Vinnick

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