Mystic Aquarium beluga whale dies - DC News FOX 5 DC WTTG

Mystic Aquarium beluga whale dies

Posted: Updated:
Connecticut News Connecticut News

MYSTIC, Conn. (AP) - Mystic Aquarium staff and visitors are mourning the loss of a 33-year-old female beluga whale that died after a prolonged respiratory illness.

Aquarium officials say Naku the beluga died Saturday night despite extraordinary efforts by aquarium veterinarians and animal care staff.

Tracy Romano, the aquarium's executive vice president of research and zoological operations, says Naku had battled the illness since last fall. Aquarium officials are working with University of Connecticut experts in performing a necropsy on the beluga, which had been part of the aquarium's collection for three decades.

The aquarium's beluga whales have been a popular attraction for years, occupying three connected pools with more than 750,000 gallons of water in the Arctic Coast exhibit.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • Connecticut NewsConnecticut NewsMore>>

  • Foley wins Connecticut Independent Party backing

    Foley wins Connecticut Independent Party backing

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 9:35 PM EDT2014-08-20 01:35:03 GMT
    Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley has won the endorsement of the Independent Party of Connecticut, securing a second spot on the November ballot. Foley's campaign confirmed the Greenwich businessman won the third party's endorsement at Tuesday night's party caucus.
    Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley has won the endorsement of the Independent Party of Connecticut, securing a second spot on the November ballot. Foley's campaign confirmed the Greenwich businessman won the third party's endorsement at Tuesday night's party caucus.
  • Off-duty state trooper arrested on DWI after crash

    Off-duty state trooper arrested on DWI after crash

    Monday, August 18 2014 6:25 AM EDT2014-08-18 10:25:40 GMT
    A Connecticut state trooper has been accused of driving under the influence after a crash in Ellington.
    A Connecticut state trooper has been accused of driving under the influence after a crash in Ellington.
  • Sales tax-free week in Connecticut

    Sales tax-free week in Connecticut

    Friday, August 15 2014 12:01 PM EDT2014-08-15 16:01:03 GMT
    Connecticut shoppers will soon get a temporary reprieve on their state sale taxes.
    Connecticut shoppers will soon get a temporary reprieve on their state sale taxes.
Powered by WorldNow
Untitled

WTTG FOX 5 & myfoxdc
5151 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20016
Main Number: (202) 244-5151
Newsroom: (202) 895-3000
fox5tips@wttg.com

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices