So Sad! I have mentioned before that I grew up near Orlando and have been to Sea World many times. It used to be one of my favorite places to visit. I would get teary eyed watching the whales, dolphins and other animals. Such beauty and power!
In recent years, I have changed by views about whales in captivity. Basically, I don't think they belong! I've done a fair amount of research on the treatment of these animals in captivity in order for them to "perform" and on the cruel and unnatural environment those tiny tanks are for them.
With more of these animals being brought to the forefront our our attention due to trainers being hurt or killed, I'm hoping this is the end of the era for these animals to be in captivity. For Kavna, she spent her entire life held captive.
Kavna, the oldest captive Beluga Whale in North America, died on Monday at the Vancouver Aquarium at the age of 46. Although it is thought that she died of natural causes, a full necropsy will be done to determine the official cause of death. It is reported that most belugas in the wild only live to 25-30 years so she exceeded expectations.
Kavna first came to the aquarium in 1976 from Churchill, Manitoba. She gave birth to a calf in 1977 who died a few weeks later of infection.
Kavna was also the inspiration to the song "Baby Beluga" by Raffi.
RIP "Baby Beluga"