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SeaWorld Looks For Answers In Whale’s Death

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Aired 9/8/10

SeaWorld San Diego officials hope to find out why a performing killer whale died in the prime of its life. Park veterinary staff hope tissue and blood samples will provide answers.

SeaWorld San Diego officials hope to find out why a performing killer whale died in the prime of its life. Park veterinary staff hope tissue and blood samples will provide answers.

Sumar, a 12-year-old orca that had been at the Mission Bay tourist attraction since 2001, died from the as-yet unidentified disease or condition Tuesday afternoon.

SeaWorld spokesman Dave Koontz said the lab work may determine what killed Sumar.

"We don't have very many animals pass in a year so we hope to learn as much as we can, not only about what might have caused Sumar's death but also what might be learned from analysis of his remains," said Koontz.

Koontz said it could take several weeks to get the results.

He said veterinarians took blood samples from the orca and put him on antibiotics Monday after he began acting lethargic.

Koontz said whales can live into their 30s and 40s and the death of such a young whale is a mystery.

He said Sumar was a young adult that had no history of serious medical problems.

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hboooo | September 8, 2010 at 10:39 p.m. ― 4 years ago

How bout this...whales arent supposed to live inside of captivity!!!

maybe living inside of a cell broke its will to live!!!

What trips me out is that living in san diego you have so many opportunities to see whales in their natural habitat..you know that place called the pacific ocean where whales live out happy lives swimming thousands of miles in their life..just go out on a boat for a day...shoot if you really want to get up close throw on a wet suit and jump in...NAH that would take guts..that might be risky..

instead we can keep one of the biggest animals alive in a fishbowl and make feel good commercials with kids smiling and getting splashed..what a joke!!!! this is thoroughly reflective of our god complex.. thinking that we can pick and choose where animals ought to live and expect them to live a natural happy life..how selfish is this???

at what point do we start to feel some empathy with these animals??? .when do we stop for a second and put ourselves in their place?? just imagine this whale has to play tricks all day for some fish...it doesnt know anything about entertainment...im sure it wouldnt do one of these stupid tricks if it thought that it wouldnt starve if it didnt...you think the whale cares about your little bratty kid being entertained...NO

How can we honestly say that this is not torture!!! Just because something is born in captivity (im not sure if this whale was but just suppose it was) you dont think that its instincts to swim freely still exist..its instinct to hunt and have babies and mate are somehow vanquished just because man has decided to rob it of these opportunities..

We act like seaworld is some happy place...I suggest that anybody who thinks this is the case watch a documentary called The Cove. In fact I was just bloggging about this the other day..

http://thehamblogggerman.blogspot.com/2010/09/cove.html

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