Killer whale died suddenly at SeaWorld San Diego: Cause unknown

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A six-year-old killer whale died unexpectedly at SeaWorld San Diego on Thursday; the reason is not known and could take weeks before a necropsy can make a determination of the female’s cause of death.

According to the public statement issued by the park, the female named Amaya had been showing signs of illness on Wednesday.

“Amaya began showing signs of illness on August 18 and animal care specialists and veterinarians began treating her immediately. Despite the care team’s efforts, Amaya’s condition continued to decline rapidly. Her death was sudden and unexpected.”

Press release via SeaWorld San Diego

Amaya was the youngest whale of the ten currently at the San Diego park. Her parents are Kalia and Ulises; the young whale was best known for her playfulness.

On their Facebook page, the sadness of her loss was shared with social media:

SeaWorld San Diego 

  “We come to you today with news of the passing of Amaya, a truly amazing orca and member of our SeaWorld family.“ Amaya was a playful, fun-loving orca that always put smiles on people’s faces.“ said Petey, one of her animal care specialists. “She will be missed by our team and the guests that she inspired. Thank you so much for the outpouring of love and support. ”This is a very difficult time for those who knew and loved Amaya. She taught millions of guests to appreciate this amazing species. The specialists who cared for her at SeaWorld are heartbroken.”

Rest in peace Amaya.

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