#Repost @inherentlywild: I am incredibly saddened to announce the death of 39-year-old Kasatka, SeaWorld San Diego's matriarch, who was euthanized by her veterinary team and passed away at 8:25pm on August 15th, 2017. Kasatka had been battling bacterial pneumonia since 2008 and had developed severe lesions on her skin in recent months. Kasatka's vets claimed the pigmentation was not a result of a fungal infection but either a manifestation of her pneumonia or a response to the treatment she was receiving. Despite Kasatka's skin appearing to heal, her health and appetite significantly declined over the past several days leading to her caretakers making the difficult decision to humanely euthanize her to prevent compromising her quality of life.
Captured at approximately a year old in October 1978, Kasatka spent a brief amount of time at Hafnarfjordur Aquarium before being transferred to SeaWorld San Diego. Under SeaWorld's care, Kasatka was moved to SeaWorld's San Diego Park 4 times, the Orlando park 3 times and the Ohio park 6 times within a 5 year period (1982 to 1987). She was a great performer and was frequently shipped around the U.S to line SeaWorld's pocket. In 1988, she was moved to the Texas park until finally being permanently moved to the San Diego park in 1990. Overall, including her initial transport from her capture location to a holding facility, Kasatka was transported 16 times within a 12 year period. Between 1991 and 2017, Kasatka became a mother of four (Takara, Kalia, Nakai and Makani), grandmother of six (Kohana, Trua, Sakari, Kamea, Amaya and Kyara) and great grandmother of two (Adan and Victoria). She will be deeply missed by her family, particularly her youngest calf, Makani, who is only 4-years-old. With the loss of their matriarch, it's unclear how the San Diego pod's structure will function in the future, or who will follow in Kasatka's footsteps and serve the role as matriarch.
Rest in peace, Kasatka.
Never forgotten, forever missed.