Killer whale dies at San Antonio SeaWorld

SeaWorld San Diego (AP File Photo/Chris Park, File)
SeaWorld San Diego (AP File Photo/Chris Park)

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A killer whale at SeaWorld San Antonio has died after suffering from a fungal infection.

The San Antonio Express-News reports the park said it would conduct a necropsy to determine the cause of the Monday death of the killer whale named Unna.

According to a news release, the 18-year-old whale contracted a strain of fungus called Candida and was under the care of the park’s veterinary team in recent months.

Unna is the third whale to die at the park in the past six months. The park canceled all killer whale shows Monday.

On Nov. 16, a two-year-old beluga whale died at the San Antonio park. Just a week before, SeaWorld announced they were phasing out killer whale shows at its San Diego park by 2017, saying customers made clear they preferred seeing the animals act “more naturally” instead of doing tricks. Killer whale shows at its Orlando and San Antonio locations will continue, the company said.

In a statement on the SeaWorld Cares website, the company said, “This is a difficult time for the SeaWorld team and all of Unna’s many fans, and we thank you for your thoughts and well wishes.” The statement continued that Unna had been under veterinary care for the past several months, “Candida, and fungal infections in general, are found in wild cetaceans.”

The Orlando, Florida-based company has seen revenue drop since the 2013 release of the documentary “Blackfish” that examined how orcas respond to captivity.

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