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Necropsy- Killer Whale Kahana

Necropsy- Killer Whale Kahana

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Necropsy (autopsy) of deceased captive killer whale (Orcinus-orca) Kahana at SeaWorld, San Antonio, TX, U.S.A.
Necropsy (autopsy) of deceased captive killer whale (Orcinus-orca) Kahana at SeaWorld, San Antonio, TX, U.S.A.

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Published by: The Orca Project Corp on Mar 13, 2012
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Necropsy Report
Killer Whale (Orcinus-orca) Kahana
Age 15 yrs — SeaWorld of Texas
Name:
Kahana (female)
Species:
Killer Whale (Orcinus orca)
Source:
wild capture, 1978, Tvisker coast, Iceland, age: est. 2 yrs
Deceased:
6:09 a.m., 05-14-1991, SeaWorld of Texas, age: est. 15 yrs
Reported cause of death
(per NMFS MMIR data)
:
Severe Trauma, IntestinalGanglioneuroma
Necropsy info:
 Conclusion- Leslie M. Dalton, DVM (1991): The animal had an intestinalneoplasm of neural origin which is of a type known to be capable of producingexcruciating pain. During agonal throes, the whale collided with the side of the pool, which induced multiple fractures of the skull and cerebral contusions. Theselesions resulted in severe hemorrhage, loss of consciousness, and death.Pathology- Ronald R. Crawley, DVM, University of Texas (1991):1. intestinal neurofibroma2. granulomatous pneumonia, focal, mycotic3. meningeal hemorrhage, multifocal of varying severity4. hepatitis, multifocal, minimal
See the extensive Necropsy Report data on the following pages.
 
The Orca Project Corp 3/11/2012 www.theorcaproject.com
Notes:
Prior to reforms of the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) in 1994, holders of marine mammals for public display were required to submit necropsy reports (animal autopsyreports) for deceased animals, making the documents available to the public and scientificcommunity. Presently, marine mammal parks in the U.S. are only required to provide a “causeof death” to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National MarineFisheries Service (NMFS) which maintains Marine Mammal Inventory Reports (MMIR).Details of marine mammal deaths are now a closely guarded secret at U.S. entertainmentfacilities.The Orca Project acquired the following documents from the National Marine Fisheries Service(U.S.A) via the Freedom of Information Act for deaths that occurred prior to implementation of the 1994 MMPA changes.For more information visitwww.theorcaproject.com 
 Necropsy, Autopsy, Veterinarian, NOAA, NMFS, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NationalMarine Fisheries Service, MMIR, Marine Mammal Inventory Report, MMPA, Marine Mammal Protection Act,Killer Whale, Orca, Shamu, Death, Die, SeaWorld, San Antonio, Texas, Kahana, Hammond Consultants
 
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Nancy FosterDirector, Office of Protected Resourcesand Habitat ProgramsNational Marine Fisheries Service1335 East-West Highway, Room 8268Silver Spring, Maryland
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Dr.
Foster:Please find enclosed a gross necropsy and histopathology report
for
a female killer whale of approxima,tely
14
to
16 years, identifiedas SWF-00-7803. The animal died suddenly and without warning neardawn on May
14,
1991.For security reasons, killer whales at Sea World of Texas areattended twenty four hours a day.. The three whales (one male, twofemales) maintained at Sea World of Texas had spent an uneventful'
.
night resting together. The officer
on
duty observed a suddenturbulence of water around one of the whales. The .other two whalesremained quiet and undisturbed in a distant part of the pool. The
.
officer proceeded immediately to th.e
site
of the disturbance andobserved evidence of some bleeding from the mouth of the whaleinvolved. The officer immediately informed the park dispatcher ofan animal emergency. Curatorial personnel
were
promptly notifiedby the dispatcher and arrived at the killer-whale pool within tenminutes of the emergency report. The government was notified ofthe death, and a necropsy was performed.The immediate conclusion drawn from the gross necropsy report
is
that the animal died
as
a
result
of
skull fractures and blood loss.Further
review
of the post mortem findings identifies an intestinaltumor of neural origin which
is
of a type kl~own to be capable ofproducing excruciatinq pain.
We
believe the killer whaleexperienced a sudde:~
and
significant amount of pain while restiny,causing
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panicked and uncontrolled response.
As
a result, shecollided with the pool wall causing multiple skill fractures whichinduced rapid loss of blood an,l cerebral contusions leading to aswift death.
A
brief history of the animal
is
necessary for an unders'tanding ofthe circumstances surrounding her death.
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