The Orca Project Corp 3/11/2012 www.theorcaproject.com
Killer Whale (Orcinus-orca) Hugo
Age 15 yrs — Miami Seaquarium, Miami, Florida
Killer Whale (Orcinus orca)
wild capture, February 1968, Vaughn Bay, WA, USA, age: est. 3yrs
03-04-1980, Miami Seaquarium, age: est. 15 yrs
Reported cause of death
(per NMFS MMIR data)
Aneurysm Cerebral Artery
Gross Diagnosis Tentative- Jesse R. White, DVM: Rupture of saccular aneurysmof one or morecerebral arteries.
It has been commonly reported that Hugo would regularly and intentionally smashhis head against the sides of the pool. In the early 1970’s this resulted in a seriousinjury.From Kahana necropsy report (dec. 1991), Ruth Francis-Floyd, DVM, Universityof Florida:
It is worth mentioning that there is precedent for self inflicted injury in captivekiller whales. In the early 1970s a male killer whale housed in Miami hit anobservation window with enough force to break the window, causing loss of a significant volume of water, and slicing off the end of his nose. The attending veterinarian for that incident was Dr. Jesse White. I have listed Dr. White's present address and phone number at the end of this letter should you wish to contact himwith specific questions about that event.
Details of Hugo’s injury and medical care by Jesse White, DVM was published inThe Speculum, Vol. XXV, No. 2, Winter 1973, College of Veterinary Medicine,The Ohio State University:
Dr. White was summoned when Hugo battered a bubble window in his tank withhis nose. After Hugo broke a nine-inch hole in the quarter-inch-thick plastic, helifted his head, and the sharp plastic sheared off about an inch and a half of hisnose, leaving a flap of skin about 3-1/2 inches in diameter hanging from the baseof the nose by a tag of skin three-fourths of an inch wide