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Beluga whale dies at Georgia Aquarium

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A beluga whale suddenly died at the Georgia Aquarium Thursday.

According to the aquarium, "Maris" showed no signs of illness, received her weekly examinations, ate normally and interacted normally with the aquarium's two other whales.

“This is a case of sudden, acute animal death,” said Dr.  Gregory Bossart, who is the senior vice president and chief veterinary officer with the aquarium. “Our animals receive exceptional care, and our dedicated team of experts responded to her within minutes to render aid.” 

Maris was born in 1994 at the New York Aquarium and was at the Georgia Aquarium since November 2005.

“Maris was one of the first beluga whales at Georgia Aquarium and inspired millions of guests each year. The bonds that were created over the last ten years between Maris and her animal care and veterinary teams were truly special. This unexpected loss is difficult,” said Mike Leven, chairman and chief executive officer of the Georgia Aquarium. 

In addition to Maris' death, the aquarium has suffered a series of losses this year. Maris lost a calf in June. In September, the aquarium lost a legal battle to import 18 beluga whales from Russia.

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