The American Writers Museum's ongoing blog series Story of the week featured a poem about the beluga whales at the Shedd Aquarium on November 15, 2019

AWM Story of the Week

Every week, the AWM is excited to bring you stories written by our visitors in our Story of the Day exhibit, which features typewriters that visitors can interact with directly. Check back weekly for new stories, and visit the Museum to try out our typewriters and possibly be featured here! This week we’re featuring a fun story (poem) written by one of our friends from the Shedd Aquarium about their amazing beluga whales. It’s great to know how much the people there bond with and care about the animals. Thanks for writing!

Sweet baby Kimalu

with her giant head

spitting that salt water all over me

We were just playing peekaboo!

That’s not in the rules

sweet baby



New unnamed baby

5 feet, 150 pounds

basically me!

When will you have a name?

I call you Bumpy.


Bad, bad Kayavak

Always horking up her fish

and then swimming through it

When the other belugas steal it from you

serves you right

bad bad Kayavak



Now they all do it.

Peer pressure


No, Beethoven

and Aurak

they are not pregnant

they  are not giving birth

that is not what you’re seeing

stop asking me


Did you know…they’ve got necks?

Everyone has a neck. And all are useful in their own way.

But only only one long, sleek white neck

Helps spit at shellfish just right.


I still dream about all of you. I still worry for all of you.

I still think someone is coming to get you or you’re sick or hurt

and no one but me can save you

I guess I just miss you…

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