Beluga Whale at SeaWorld Dies

By Laura McVicker
|  Friday, Jul 4, 2014  |  Updated 7:24 AM PDT
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Beluga Whale at SeaWorld Dies

Ruby, a 38-year-old Beluga whale at SeaWorld, has died.

Ruby, a 38-year-old Beluga whale that had been at SeaWorld for 17 years, has died, park officials said Thursday.

The female whale that lived with the other Belugas at the park’s Wild Arctic attraction came to SeaWorld San Diego in 1997 from another zoo.

Ruby died Thursday and park officials said they will perform a necropsy to determine the cause of death. The necropsy is expected to take several weeks to complete.

SeaWorld officials say at 38, Ruby lived longer than the average lifespan for a Beluga whale, which is 32.8 years.

You can still see Ruby’s offspring at SeaWorld. She gave birth in 2010 to Pearl, one of five other Belugas at the park.

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