Killer whale is latest cetacean to die at Vancouver Aquarium


VANCOUVER — The Vancouver Aquarium says the false killer whale it rescued off a beach over three years ago has died at the facility.

The aquarium says in a statement that Chester’s behaviour changed Wednesday and despite intensive veterinary care, he died this morning.

Chester was estimated to be just weeks old when he was found stranded on a beach near Tofino, B.C., in July 2014 and the aquarium says he remained a “health-challenged animal” throughout his life.

Veterinarian Martin Haulena says stranded animals can have renal problems later on in life, but he’s waiting for the results of a post-mortem exam to determine Chester’s cause of death.

False killer whales are members of the dolphin family and the aquarium says little is known about the species.

The aquarium now has just one cetacean, a Pacific white-side dolphin, and the Vancouver Park Board has passed a bylaw banning the facility from keeping any new whales, dolphins or porpoises.

The Canadian Press