Thursday, 17 August 2017

SeaWorld's matriarch 42-year-old killer whale is euthanized, the second orca death to hit the marine parks in a month

Kasatka, a 42-year-old orca was euthanized at SeaWorld Tuesday 
She had battled a lung disease for years and her health took a turn for the worse
The killer whale was one of the last to be captured in the wild for SeaWorld
Criticism and pressure have mounted on SeaWorld's care of orcas which has led them to promising to end the whales' performances by 2019
The entertainment company also ended its breeding program in 2016 under pressure from animal rights groups and activists 
Pressure reached a pinnacle when the 2013 documentary titled 'Blackfish' was released criticizing SeaWorlds' care of orcas 

PUBLISHED: 02:00, 17 August 2017 | UPDATED: 04:19, 17 August 2017

One of the last killer whales caught in captivity for SeaWorld was euthanized in San Diego, making her the second orca death at the marine parks in a month.

The whale named Kasatka was put down Tuesday evening after battling a lung disease for years.

SeaWorld says Kasatka was 'surrounded by members of her pod, as well as the veterinarians and caretakers who loved her,' when she died. 

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