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Caring For Belugas

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Photo: John Heil Photography
Photo: John Heil Photography

An Inside Look
At Beluga Training

This special training session is a chance to get an inside look at the busy and varied life of a marine mammal trainer, and the ways they interact with the belugas. From health care to research to bonding activities, anything can happen during this program. Learn about some of the fundamentals of training—including the relationship of trust that trainers build with the animals, and why it’s so important to have these sessions.

Caring For Belugas
Qila and Tiqa

Rare Access

We still know very little about belugas. Their icy habitat makes them difficult to study in the wild, and even the belugas that live in the St. Lawrence River, the southernmost population, are elusive. Having belugas at the Aquarium gives our visitors the rare chance to make intimate connections with them. We’ve learned a lot from the belugas at the Aquarium and we’re still making new discoveries—ones that will hopefully help belugas in the wild.
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Doing What Comes Naturally

In this program, the animals do exercises that keep them stimulated and healthy. These exercises also reinforce the bond that the belugas have with their trainers. Since it’s impossible to ask a 1,500 kilogram animal to do something they don’t want to do, the trainers spend a lot of time building a relationship of trust with the belugas—and reward them not just with food, but with tummy rubs, tongue massages and whatever else the animals enjoy.
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