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Cause of Vancouver Aquarium beluga deaths still unclear

CKNW AM 980 Nov 28, 2016 8:36 am 1,775

There still no indication of what caused the deaths of Aurora the beluga whale and her calf Qila at the Vancouver Aquarium.

The Aquarium’s Dr. John Nightingale says the necropsies were inconclusive.

However, he says Aurora’s liver was “traumatically compromised” indicating a toxin or bacteria could have invaded her system.

“We’re still seeking clarity on why the two whales displaced similar symptoms during the very sudden onset of their illnesses.”

He says they will continue to investigate the cause of death.

“We’re investigating all possibilities absolutely nothing is off the table.”

Nightingale says it has to be assumed the two deaths are related because both had the same clinical signs.

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