Vancouver Aquarium’s oldest beluga whale has died.
Kavna, who is believed to be 46 years old, died Monday at around 3 p.m. after what aquarium staff called a “long and healthy life.”
The whale was reportedly the oldest aquarium beluga whale in North America.
Aquarium staff said Kavna had been displaying “inconsistent behaviour” over the last few weeks.
Dr. Martin Haulena, the aquarium veterinarian, had been doing blood work and other tests to determine the changes in Kavna’s behaviour.
Veterinarian specialists were also brought in last week to provide additional consultation.
A full necropsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.
The Aquarium said wild belugas are believed to live to about 25 to 30 years old, and Kavna was considered to be at the end of her life at 46.
She arrived at the aquarium in 1975.
A press conference with Dr. Haulena will be held Tuesday morning.
Last September, three-year-old Tiqa died from heart failure induced by pneumonia.
Tiqa was the third beluga calf to die at the aquarium since 2005.
The Aquarium has two surviving belugas, 25-year-old Aurora and her 17-year-old daughter Qila.