VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – It’s still not clear what led to the deaths of two beluga whales at the Vancouver Aquarium, but veterinary staff believe they were likely the result of a virus or toxin.
In a brief update this morning, veterinarian Dr. Martin Haulena says the results of a necropsy on Aurora are inconclusive, and more tests are being conducted.
"Virus or toxin" appears to be likely cause of two beluga whale deaths within two weeks at Vancouver Aquarium. pic.twitter.com/OXNFAPY8Xl
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The 30-year-old whale died late Friday after suffering from an undetermined illness for over a week.
Aurora’s death came ten days after her offspring Qila passed away under similar circumstances.
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No long term decisions about the future of whales at its facility will be made until they determine what killed the belugas.
The Aquarium plans to carry out a full review of its operations, looking at things like food and other things that might have changed in recent months.