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How Do You Love a Whale?

In November 2016, when the beluga whale Qila died suddenly at the Vancouver Aquarium, I was on the other side of the country in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  Fortunately, I made it to Vancouver a few days later to see Qila’s mother, Aurora, before she passed away, too. It is a tragic coincidence that almost exactly […]

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Media Statement: Beluga Investigation Concluded

The Vancouver Aquarium has concluded its five-month investigation into the sudden passing of two beluga whales, Qila and Aurora, in November 2016. The comprehensive investigation involved dozens of veterinary pathologists, toxicologists, genome specialists, medical doctors, and field research scientists, among others. Results of the investigation concluded that the cause of death in both animals was […]

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Working Hard to Save Aurora

For the veterinary and marine mammal teams at the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre, this has been a rollercoaster week, as they work day and night to save the life of beluga Aurora. Since she was moved into the medical pool for intensive care last Thursday, the 30-year-old whale has been under 24-hour monitoring, and […]

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