What’s more, SeaWorld also announced that a 37-year-old female Pacific white-sided dolphin, called Betty, is under 24-hour observation since she is suffering from an ‘infection’.
This sad piece of news comes just weeks after the death of a Commerson’s dolphin, Betsy, in the San Diego park. Before that, an 18-year-old orca called Unna died at the same SeaWorld San Antonio park.
That’s five marine mammals who have now died in SeaWorld parks over the past eight months. This string of deaths casts a dark shadow over the franchise, already under threat after the infamous Blackfish story about Tilikum came to light a couple of years ago.
Confining these beautiful sea creatures in tiny pools is not natural and marine mammal scientists have agreed that it is often captivity that leads to these sea mammals’ early deaths.
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By: Eliza Lorimer