Bubbles, a female pilot
whale at SeaWorld in San Diego that was thought to have actually been
the oldest animal of her species in a zoological park, has passed away,
according to the business. In an online publishing, SeaWorld Entertainment Inc.
did not supply the animal’s precise age, stating she was her early.
to late 50’s. “SeaWorld San Diego is saddened to reveal the passing of.
among the world’s most beloved animals, Bubbles the pilot.
whale,” the business stated on its site (www.seaworldcares.com).
A necropsy is prepared to determine the cause of death. The.
company’s statement did not say when Bubbles died. Pilots whales, which have actually rounded heads and mouthlines that.
curves up to look like a smile, remain in the dolphin family and.
are smaller than whales, or killer whales.
SeaWorld has dealt with extreme public examination over its public.
display screen of aquatic animals, especially killer whales. The.
criticism heightened after the 2013 documentary film.
” Blackfish,” which stimulated calls from political leaders and animal.
rights groups for an end to holding whales in captivity.
SeaWorld, which operates aquatic parks in San Diego, San.
Antonio, Texas, and Orlando, Florida, has defended its treatment.
of aquatic animals as humane, and has said it rescues hundreds of.
wild animals a year and returns them to the their natural.
habitats. Bubbles weighed roughly 3,000 pounds (1,360 kg) and was.
about 15 feet (5 metres) long, according to details published about.
her on another SeaWorld website. Bubbles, which SeaWorld has actually described as its “excellent dame,”.
began amusing visitors at Marineland of the Pacific in the.
1960s and went to SeaWorld San Diego in 1987 after the corporate.
owner of SeaWorld bought Marineland. She was known for her.
capability to leap from the water and spin at terrific speed.
( Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis; Editing by Alan Crosby).