Whale or little alien? How can we be sure…
A couple of months ago we covered the birth of a baby beluga whale to mama Mauyak at the Shedd Aquarium. Well now Shedd is asking for your help in naming the rambunctious little tyke. A variety of names from the Pacific Northwest that are equally meaningless to an English speaker’s ear can be selected:
Ipiktok (Ip-eek-tock) Very keen or sharp
Opipok (Oh-pee-pock) Admirable, to admire
Tuwawi (Too-wah-wee) Quick
Nilak (Nee-lock) Fresh water ice
Kimalu (Kee-ma-loo) Traditional Inuit name given to special people
Mituk (Mee-took) Small snow layer on fishing hole
Nunavik (New-na-vik) Friendly, beautiful, and wild
Aniuk (Ah-nee-ook) Snow for drinking water
Aput (Ah-poot) Snow on ground
Akiak (Ah-kee-ock) Brave
Ipecac (Ip-ee-kak) Emetic, a substance used to induce vomiting
And finally, the write-in option!!!
This is where you come in. It’s a two-step process. First, we are asking Zooillogix readers to…
…propose the name they think is best. Back in college, we had a dog we named “Fifa ’98” after the epic soccer game for Playstation. Why not “NHL ’92” for this little guy? It’s kind of ice related!
Well anyway, most of you probably never played NHL ’92 and suffered through the epic Blackhawks/Red Wings battles I did and it probably doesn’t sound like a great name to you. The key was to sub Osgood in for Essensa, even back then, but I digress. What we’re asking is for you to propose a name. Next week, we’ll pick the winner and ask our readers to all vote for that name. What are the odds of us winning? Not good! But we will give it our best shot.
Follow this link for more information on the baby beluga soon to be formerly known as Baby Beluga. We’ll leave you with some Cuteoverload-esque photos.
I’m literally nauseous… Also, is this evidence for early onset obesity in other species?