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Robert Niles

Orca dies at SeaWorld San Antonio

Published: June 16, 2008 at 2:16 PM

Got word that Halyn, a 2½-year-old female orca at SeaWorld San Antonio, died unexpectedly Sunday night.

No cause of death yet, but an investigation continues. It's the second death of a whale at the park in the past year.

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Bradley Robertson

Published: June 16, 2008 at 10:12 PM

I was just there on Thursday and did the lunch with Shamu thing. They told us she was separated because of her young age (all the others were at least 10 years old). Makes me thing she might have been sick.
Melissa McCall

Published: June 17, 2008 at 11:53 AM

actually halyn had always been seperated from all the whales because she was the first hand raised killer whale by the trainers because her mom rejected her. She was very young and the only whale that could be with her was Keet because he was her dad. I went to adventure camp there for a week so that is how i know this. Unfortunately this is the second death of a whale at that park in less than a yr. It must be very tough. I can only imagine what the trainers are going through. I grieve with them.
Bradley Robertson

Published: June 17, 2008 at 1:00 PM

Thanks for the info Melissa. That makes more sense as to why she was separated.
Andy Guinigundo

Published: June 18, 2008 at 1:22 PM

Did they ever release a cause of death for the original whale that died? I know it had an infection that they thought was responding to antibiotics, but then it had suddenly died. Probably last November, maybe?
Melissa McCall

Published: June 18, 2008 at 2:38 PM

thats the last i heard to. All i know is that they say they will release a cause of death, but unless you work there wont ever really know.
Melissa McCall

Published: June 18, 2008 at 2:41 PM

Actually i just did a little digging and they said he died from pneumonia which can be common in killer whales.

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