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Killer whale dies suddenly at SeaWorld San Diego

SeaWorld Killer Whale Dies
Posted at 7:08 AM, Aug 21, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-21 10:08:51-04

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A killer whale has died unexpectedly at SeaWorld San Diego and the reason is not yet known.

The aquarium and theme park says in a statement that the 6-year-old female orca named Amaya died Thursday and the cause of death will not be known until the results of a post-mortem examination are complete, which could take weeks.

SeaWorld says Amaya began showing signs of illness Wednesday, and animal care specialists and veterinarians began treating her immediately but her decline was rapid.

SeaWorld says the specialists who cared for Amaya are heartbroken.