November 9, 2017 - 5 p.m.
Our animal care and veterinary teams have been caring for and closely monitoring Qinu 24/7 following the devastating loss of her calf during delivery earlier this week. Given the challenging labor and removal of the calf, she has been through a lot but we are encouraged by her progress so far. This morning our care teams conducted a full health exam, have observed her resting, and engaging in play sessions. As Qinu continues to recover, we thank everyone for the outpouring of love and support for Qinu and our team.
November 8, 2017 - 9 a.m.
We are heartbroken this morning. After several hours of labor, Qinu began experiencing complications. The position and shape of the calf prevented the delivery and it was determined the calf had died before it had a chance to be born. Our veterinary and animal care teams intervened for the safety of Qinu and worked around-the-clock to carefully remove the calf. Our teams have continued to care for Qinu throughout the morning as she recovers.
Our beluga whale exhibit will remain closed for the time being. We are so thankful for all the well wishes sent to Qinu and her care teams. All of your support during these important moments are a valuable part of what drives us forward each day.
November 7, 2017 - 9 p.m.
We're still waiting, but here's an update on Qinu from our beluga whale habitat in Cold Water Quest!
November 7, 2017 - 3 p.m.
Labor is continuing to progress and Qinu is doing well. Our expert animal care and veterinary teams are closely monitoring her breathing, body positioning, and potential contractions. Labor can take hours but the data we are collecting minute-by-minute can help us determine how close she is getting to delivery. Continue to stay tuned to Georgia Aquarium's Facebook page for updates!
November 7, 2017 - 10 a.m.
The time has come! Qinu is showing signs of labor and our animal care and veterinary teams are in place to help this first-time mom as much, or as little as she needs. The beluga whale exhibit in Cold Water Quest will be closed to allow privacy during this time. Stay tuned for updates and send well wishes to Qinu and her teams on Georgia Aquarium's Facebook page.
November 1, 2017 - 9 p.m.
Well, we’re (patiently) waiting! Qinu is still pregnant and our teams continue to monitor her around-the-clock. To help pass the time let’s learn 3 facts about beluga babies in 30 seconds! Stay tuned for updates on Georgia Aquarium's Facebook page.
October 25, 2017 - 8 p.m.
How do we monitor beluga Qinu's nutrition during her pregnancy? Hear from our very own Dr. Lisa Hoopes, one of the only aquatic nutritionists in the world, about how she's working daily with our animal care and veterinary teams to prepare for the upcoming birth of Qinu's calf: bit.ly/qinu-nutrition
October 18, 2017 - 6 p.m.
With a gestation period of around 15 months, there are countless ways our veterinarians are caring for Qinu throughout her pregnancy! Hear from Dr. Chelsea about one important aspect plus an update on how Qinu is doing.
October 11, 2017 - 8:30 p.m.
5:00am - CHECK! 58 degrees - CHECK!️ A VERY pregnant beluga whale - CHECK, CHECK!
Go underwater with our animal care and veterinary teams during one of the practice dives for the upcoming delivery of Qinu’s calf. We do this regularly, and at various times of the day, so that Qinu is comfortable with the divers and the team around the habitat who are in place during the birth to help her and the calf as little or as much as they need.
October 4, 2017 - 1 p.m.
What is this thing? If you’ve visited Georgia Aquarium and our beluga whales recently, you may have asked that very question as you looked up at the structure near their habitat. Well, don’t you want to know?
September 29, 2017 - 3 p.m.
Meet Northside Hospital Healthcare System's Dr. Lopez-Zeno! Take a look at how he’s combining his love for the ocean and his expertise in ultrasound imagery alongside our animal care teams and Qinu, our pregnant beluga whale.
September 20, 2017 - 3 pm.
That’s one big tape measure! Each week, Qinu’s animal care team measures her body and takes elevated photos as part of an ongoing research study from our partners Vancouver Aquarium. Not only is this part of Qinu’s routine care, but she is providing important data to help researchers develop a way to determine pregnancy in wild belugas. They compare Qinu’s images and data taken throughout her pregnancy to aerial photos of wild belugas to assess pregnancy and overall body condition.