Went the to the Georga Aquarium while on leave this weekend and spent a few hours with the belugas of which there were four. This is Mozart. (My favorite)
He is 16ft (4.8M) long and weighs almost 2,700lbs! (1,224kg)
Pretty light for a beluga of his size, but the water in his aquarium is relativity warm (58deg F./14.4c.) so he doesn't need all that blubber.
Being the oldest of the belugas, Mozart knew a wide range of behaviors and was very outgoing! Like most whales, he loved to have his tongue rubbed and seemed to enjoy that more than the fish!
This is only my second encounter with belugas, but both encounters were very special and and left a memorable impression. This will not be the last time I swim with these awesome animals.
(More animal encounter Pictures in this gallery folder: [link]
is on it's way! A week at the most! I promise!