Alaska SeaLife Center's Beluga whale calf named "Tyonek"

 photo courtesy Alaska SeaLife Center, NOAA permit 18786-01
photo courtesy Alaska SeaLife Center, NOAA permit 18786-01 (KTUU)
Published: Oct. 27, 2017 at 9:30 PM AKDT
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The Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward has announced that their Beluga whale calf has been given the name "Tyonek." Officials explain that the name translates to mean "little chief."

Tyonek is also the coastal village closest to where the young whale calf was

in Cook Inlet.

Officials with the SeaLife Center posted the update to social media saying that the whale was still being kept away from public view.

came to Seward to treat the Beluga whale calf. At the time, officials were saying they were cautiously optimistic about the whale's chance for recovery.

THE BELUGA HAS A NAME! The rescued beluga calf has been named Tyonek, which is the name of the village closest to where...

Posted by Alaska SeaLife Center on Friday, October 27, 2017