An Animal Planet special about the birth of Shila aired May 30, and can be viewed here.
Few beluga calves are born in captivity, and the aquarium tragically lost two in 2012 and 2015. Another was stillborn in 2017.
After a months-long shutdown due to the pandemic, the aquarium is preparing to reopen to visitors. Members will be admitted Saturday, June 13, and the general public will be admitted Monday, June 15.
The aquarium will practice new, higher levels of sanitation to avoid contagion, cleaning the facility several times each day in between time periods when visitors are allowed.
It will also limit the number of guests allowed inside the facility at any given time to 818, and guests will buy tickets for discrete time blocks.
Aquarium officials said the attraction is adopting new protocols “to ensure the aquarium is operating in accordance with the advice of the state and federal governments and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).”