Help name Seaworld's baby beluga whale

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by Deborah Knapp / KENS 5

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Posted on August 15, 2009 at 5:51 PM

Updated Monday, Aug 26 at 11:00 AM

Gliding through the water a nine-week-old baby Beluga whale rarely leaves her mother's side. Nuzzling and playing, they 'll remain close for years.

She'll soon meet the public but she needs a name. For the first time ever, Seaworld is putting it up for a vote on it's Seaworld website blog. People can choose between three names: 'Bella' meaning 'beautiful' in Italian , 'Nuka' which means 'younger sibling' in Inuit or 'Valluk.'

"Valluk is another Inuit name and it means 'first time,' and this is significant because it's the first time in the world a Beluga whale has been conceived and born through artificial insemination," said Chuck Cureau, the animal curator and whale trainer at Seaworld.

The newborn is the tenth addition to the Beluga whale family at the park.

The baby follows her mother named Crissy and often mimicks her moves. The calf will be ready to start training in a few months...But first, what to call her? It's up to you.

Seaworld will be taking votes through midnight Sunday. Then they'll tally the votes and let everyone know what name was chosen.

To cast your vote, click on .

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