August 2, 2016
Kasatka, the 38 year old matriarch of the Sea World San Diego pod, is ill. Sea World announced on their blog that she is currently being given both oral medication and a nebulizer. She is said be be suffering from both a respiratory and bacterial infection. They go on to say that it is also an illness that can not be cured, only managed, though it is not contagious to the other whales.
While pneumonia is never mentioned in Sea World’s online announcement or the video, one has to wonder if that is the illness that plaguing Kasatka. Pneumonia is the leading cause of death cited for killer whale death, though it is usually only the final complication caused by another underlying problem. This is the second illness that Sea World has announced this year (Tilikum’s being the first). Another whale Unna died late last year in Texas just shy of her 20th birthday.
The statement on Sea World’s blog reads as follows
August 1, 2016
Kasatka is the matriarch of our killer whale family at SeaWorld San Diego. In her early 40s, she is a mom, grandmother, and is beloved by all her trainers and veterinarians.
We have been treating Kasatka for a bacterial respiratory infection for several years. Because of the great relationship she has with her trainers, Kasatka participates in her own husbandry and veterinary care where she is given her medications, both orally and through a nebulizer that allows the medicine to go directly to her lungs.
As Kasatka and her immune system age, she is having a more difficult time fending off the illness and her medication takes longer to have an effect. However, our animal care team remains passionately committed to providing her the best possible care to ensure that her illness is properly managed and that she continues to live a quality life.
She has good days and not-so-good days, but Kasatka is part of our family and there is nothing our trainers and veterinarians won’t do to provide her with treatment, comfort, love and care.
Source: SeaWorld Cares.com