November 21, 2018

Vancouver Aquarium beluga may have died of cancer

Officials at the Vancouver Aquarium say Kavna, believed to be the oldest beluga whale at any accredited aquarium in North America, may have died of cancer.

The 46-year-old whale died at about 3 p.m. PT Monday afternoon.

At a news conference on Tuesday, officials said Kavna was extremely healthy throughout her life but her health began to decline in recent weeks.

Officials say Kavna didn’t respond to treatment, and it appears cancerous lesions found on her reproductive tract may have contributed to her death.

“Obviously, it’s a real big loss for all the trainers, everybody, including myself,” said Brian Sheehan, the aquarium’s curator