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Shedd's youngest belgua needs a name

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beluga.jpg (The Shedd's unnamed baby beluga whale nurses with mom, Mauyak, at the Shedd Aquarium on Tuesday, October 22, 2012 | Brian Jackson~Sun-Times)

The Shedd Aquarium's baby beluga needs a name, and you can help choose it.

The young whale was born in August to mother Mauyak, also mom to Qannik (kah-NIK) and Miki (MEE-kee), both born at the Shedd. The new nearly 8-month-old baby bruiser now weighs 300 pounds and swims at 6-foot-five-inches long.

Those voting on the name should be 16 years old or older. Your choices (all Inuit names) are:

• Nilak (NEE-lohk) - Meaning freshwater ice (Text NAME1 to 97999)
• Kimalu (KEE-mah-loo) - Meaning something or someone special (Text NAME2 to 97999)
• Aniuk (AH-nee-ook) - Meaning snow for drinking water (Text NAME3 to 97999)
• Anana (Ah-NON-ah) - Meaning beautiful (Text NAME4 to 97999)

"The entire organization celebrates this calf, our sixth successful beluga whale birth, as a meaningful way to educate our guests about this incredible species as well as promote the importance of ocean literacy," said Ted A. Beattie, Shedd President and CEO, in a statement.

Each vote counts as a chance to win a personal "Beluga Encounter" at the Shedd. Entrants must be at least 16 years old and 60 inches tall and an adult must accompany children ages 12 - 15 years old.

The winning name will be announced live on Thursday, May 2 on WGN News at Five.

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