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.
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.