ATLANTA -- The pregnant beluga whale at Georgia Aquarium is expected to give birth very soon.
Maris has reached her third trimester and is due this spring, according to the aquarium. The 20-year-old beluga is healthy and in good condition, and her calf is progressing well.
This is the second pregnancy for Maris. Many first-time beluga pregnancies are often successful, and Maris is no exception; her first calf died in May 2012, just a few days after being born. Aquarium officials said the chances for a successful birth increase with each pregnancy.