From the Marineland Blog:
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.
From the Niagara Falls Review:
A new video released by international non-profit group Last Chance for Animals exposes “inhumane treatment” of beluga whales at the park, according to a group spokesman.
The five-minute clip is comprised of hidden-camera footage shot over five months by an LCA investigator hired as a Marineland summer employee last year. It documents what the group calls “insufficient care,” showing belugas bunched together, covered in scars and skin conditions. One young calf named Gia, separated from her mother, is shown in an isolation pool “where her condition deteriorated.”
Adam Wilson, LCA’s director of investigations, said the employee shot “discreet” footage with high definition cameras. The majority of footage focussed on the park’s 46 belugas, the largest population of captive belugas in the world.