Marineland Canada has received preliminary necropsy results on, Gia, a beluga whale who has called Marineland home since birth.
Gia passed away suddenly at Marineland. Up until her passing, Gia appeared happy, healthy and a well-adjusted member of her pod. Gia was taken care of by a dedicated marine mammal care team that have given hours of care to her each day of her life.
Complete necropsy results will be provided when received.
The preliminary necropsy results that followed Gia’s death indicated she had a congenital torsion of her small intestine that caused it to twist and resulted in a full blockage of the intestine, which resulted in Gia’s death.
Gia’s life has been complex. Her mother stopped nursing her prior to Gia getting a taste for fish. In the wild, this would have certainly led to her death when it happened, but at Marineland, her dedicated care team segregated her from the other whales and worked with her eighteen hours each day for an extended period of time to develop proper eating habits.
Gia’s marine mammal team were successful and Gia was reintroduced to her pod, gained weight and appeared to be generally healthy and developing. Her sudden passing came as a great shock to everyone.
In the past two years, Gia was a victim of radical activists who invent animal mistreatment where none exists to raise funds for themselves. Marineland released a fact based video which was distributed to the Senators on the Fisheries and Oceans Committee at the time the false allegations were made. Please see the video below:
Those who knew her, those who loved her and our guests who saw her know that Gia was a young, happy, friendly and playful member of the Marineland family. She will be deeply missed by her marine mammal care team and everyone at Marineland.