SeaWorld Euthanizes Orca Matriarch Kasatka Following Long Bout With Lung Disease

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Kasatka, a female orca who lived in captivity for nearly four decades, was humanely euthanized Tuesday night at SeaWorld San Diego. She was approximately 41 years old.

The ocean park announced that the mother of four, grandmother of six and great grandmother of two died at approximately 8:15 p.m. “surrounded by members of her pod, as well as the veterinarians and caretakers who loved her.”

“All of us at SeaWorld are deeply saddened by this loss, but thankful for the joy she has brought us and more than 125 million park guests,” the statement continued.

The 10 remaining killer whales currently living in the San Diego facility “appear to be doing well, but we’re monitoring and watching for any changes in their behavior,” SeaWorld said.

Kasatka’s was captured off the coast of Iceland on October 26, 1978 when she was less than two years old. Conservation organization Dolphin Project notes that with her death, only three wild-caught orcas remain at SeaWorld parks in the United States—Ulysses and Corky in San Diego, and Katina in Orlando.

Kasatka had been undergoing treatment for lung disease after being diagnosed with a bacterial respiratory infection in 2008.

Source:  Eco Watch

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