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One of SeaWorld's oldest killer whales dies

One of SeaWorld's oldest killer whales dies

Kasatka, a 42-year-old killer whale that SeaWorld calls the matriarch of its orca family, died Tuesday night, marking the second orca death in a month at the marine parks.

The orca’s passing at SeaWorld San Diego followed years-long treatment for lung disease. In recent days, Kasatka’s health and appetite had declined significantly despite specialized treatments, and veterinarians euthanized her to “prevent compromising her quality of life,” SeaWorld said Wednesday.

A mother of four, grandmother of six and great grandmother of two, Kasatka died at approximately 8:15 p.m. Tuesday surrounded by members of her pod, as well as veterinarians and caretakers, SeaWorld...

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