SeaWorld Announces Baby Orca's Name and Her Illness
Can things possibly get any worse for SeaWorld? It appears so. Still conducting damage control over leaked photographs of sick orca Kasatka, SeaWorld announced today that their youngest orca, 3-month-old Kyara, is possibly sick with pneumonia.
The last few years have not been kind to SeaWorld-held marine mammals. In just 3 years, SeaWorld parks have lost 25 animals. The deaths, easily verified by Ceta Base.org's, 'Event Timeline', lists the following animals as deceased:
2014 - 8 deaths
- Commerson's dolphins Keebler and Fabio at Aquatica Orlando.
- Five bottlenose dolphins: Kai at SW Texas; Bodine at SW California; Bailey, Bossa and Bossa's calf (stillborn) at SW Orlando.
- Beluga whale Ruby at SW California.
2015 - 5 deaths
- Two bottlenose dolphins: Jenson, Lagos, plus a miscarriage of twins (not counted) at SW Orlando.
- Two beluga whales: Stella at SW Texas and Nanuq at SW Orlando.
- Orca Unna at SW Texas.
2016 - 7 deaths
- Three bottlenose dolphins: Montenegro and Purina at SW California; Star at Discovery Cove, Fl.
- One spotted Atlantic dolphin -- SWF-SF-1601, at SW Orlando.
- One Commerson's dolphin -- Betsy, at Aquatica Orlando.
- One Pacific white-sided dolphin -- Dart, at SW Texas
- One short-finned pilot whale -- Bubbles, at SW California.
2017 - 5 deaths
- Orca Tilikum at SW Orlando.
- Two bottlenose dolphins: Lily at Discovery Cove, Fl; SWF-TT-1604B at SW Orlando.
- One Commerson's dolphin -- Ringer's calf at Aquatica Orlando
- One beluga whale -- Whisper's calf at SeaWorld, Orlando.
For Kyara, whose name was released on the same day her illness was announced, a mother-calf separation and an inability to nurse naturally does not bode well. Also of note is the study SeaWorld cites in support of Kyara's illness which refers to a bottlenose dolphin Tursiops truncatus population and not an orca population.
Just brace yourselves. 2017 is far from over. I wish Takara and Kyara well.
UPDATE: Make that 26 marine mammals. SeaWorld announced today (7/24/17) that Kyara has died. What company announces an illness and a name on the same day and 48 hours later, a death?