In the latest in a string of sad incidents to happen at SeaWorld Orlando this year, it was reported yesterday that yet another killer whale has died at the park.
Kalina, a 25 year old whale, showed no signs of illness or distress over the weekend, but died suddenly on Monday evening. Kalina was the first orca to be born and raised in captivity at the SeaWorld parks, and is the second whale to die there in the last few months. Taima, 20 years old, passed from complications while trying to give birth in June. It is thought that she was unable to pass the calf, whose father was Tilikum the largest killer whale in captivity, and the whale responsible for the death of trainer Dawn Brancheau in February.
In their natural environment, female killer whales are expected to reach the age of between 50 and 80 years according to the National Marine Fisheries Service, while males typically live for 30 to 60 years. Of the 24 whales that have died at SeaWorld Marine parks over the last 25 years, all of them were under 30 years old.
SeaWorld has said it will conduct an autopsy to pinpoint the exact cause of death - the results will take up to six weeks.
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