Beluga whale dies at Mystic Aquarium

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MYSTIC, Conn. (WLNE)-  The Mystic Aquarium has announced that one of its Beluga Whales died in intensive care on Saturday morning.

The unnamed female whale was receiving round-the-clock treatment and 24-hour monitoring from staff at the Aquatic Animal Study Center Habitat before passing away.

The cause of her death is unknown until a full necropsy is completed. The whale was one of five transported from MarineLand in Canada under a research permit.

The goal of the research is to help endangered beluga populations and preserve the species.

“Our team provided a continuum of world-class care to this whale for many months,” said Chief Zoological Officer, Allison Tuttle.

“When an animal passes in the wild, it is the circle of life. When it happens at an Aquarium, with an animal you have grown to know, care for 24/7 and adore, it is devastating.”

There are six other whales at Mystic Aquarium. One still remains in the intensive care unit, while the other five are healthy and in the Arctic Coast habitat.

“I want to thank our veterinary care staff, the many consulting veterinarians from around the world, our animal care team, and so many in our community who work so hard to care for our animals,” Coan said. “The loss of an animal is devastating to our team personally, and indicative of the challenges that we face in advancing research for the well-being and survival of beluga whales in the wild. ”

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