October 17, 2018

Vancouver Aquarium beluga died due to heart failure: necropsy

Tiqa, the young beluga whale, died from a massive amount of fluid around the lungs and heart, the Vancouver Aquarium said Friday.

Preliminary necropsy results reveal that she likely had a heart failure, aquarium veterinarian Dr. Martin Haulena told reporters.

Veterinarians found heart lesions that appear to have been there for some time, and fluid had built up because the left side of Tiqa’s heart could not pump blood away. It was not something that could have been detected or prevented, Haulena said.

While Tiqa had pneumonia before she died on Sept. 16, so far there are no signs that her death

Source: http://www.theprovince.com/health/Vancouver+Aquarium+beluga+died+heart+failure+necropsy/5448454/story.html