Qila, a Vancouver Aquarium resident and the first beluga whale to be born in captivity in a Canadian Aquarium has sadly died.
According to the Vancouver Aquarium, the cause of death has yet to be determined and a necropsy is scheduled to take place later today.
“She was a delight for our team of staff and volunteers every single day — always the first to give us a wink, a little tail flap or a head bob in the morning,” reads a press release from the Aquarium.
Qila, 21, was born on July 23, 1995, and was part of the Western Hudson Bay population of beluga whales.
Her mother Aurora is 29 years old and is still alive. The duo was among the final two remaining belugas at the Vancouver Aquarium.