SeaWorld Saddened to Announce Death of OrcaJanuary 28, 2019
It is with great sadness that SeaWorld announces that Kayla, a 30-year-old female orca, died the morning of Jan. 28, 2019, with her animal care specialists by her side. The exact cause of death will not be known until the results of a post-mortem examination are complete, which may take several weeks. The entire SeaWorld family is deeply saddened by the loss.
Kayla began showing signs of discomfort on Saturday (Jan. 26) afternoon. Her veterinarians immediately began treatment based on a physical examination. Unfortunately, her condition worsened through the next two days. Although animal care specialists and veterinarians devoted around the clock attention to Kayla, she did not survive.
While this is very difficult for all of us at SeaWorld, Kayla inspired generations of guests and employees to care and learn more about this amazing species.
Was she sick?
Who was with Kayla when she died?
What type of medical treatment did she receive?
How is her animal care team dealing with Kayla’s death?
Will Kayla’s death affect the other orcas?
How long will it take to get the results of the post-mortem exam?
Will you release the results of the post-mortem exam?
How many orcas currently live at SeaWorld Orlando?