A beluga whale named Stella died Friday at SeaWorld San Antonio that was only two years young.
Belugas who survive captivity long enough to become adults still don’t live long, often dying before reaching 30, unlike their wild counterparts who can live to age 60, though we don’t know their average life expectancy.
We don’t know the exact cause of death, early death of beluga whales seems to be becoming a matter of course in captivity.
Naomi Rose, Ph.D., a marine mammal scientist said, “The facilities have corporate reasons for insisting captivity has nothing to do with these deaths and refuse to conduct the necessary, objective science to truly understand mortality risk for captive-born calves,”
According to PETA, Stella is the 13th beluga whale to die at SeaWorld San Antonio alone.
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