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Nanuq, Vancouver Aquarium Beluga, Dies At SeaWorld While On Loan

02/20/2015 08:25 EST | Updated 04/22/2015 05:59 EDT
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SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 19: In this handout photo provided by SeaWorld San Diego, actor Will Ferrell gets a whale of a kiss from Nanuq, a 2,000-pound beluga whale, at SeaWorld San Diego's Wild Arctic attraction on July 19, 2011 in San Diego, California. Ferrell and his family spent the day interacting with dolphins, sea turtles, sea lions and other animals at the marine-life park. (Photo by Mike Aguilera/SeaWorld San Diego via Getty Images)
VANCOUVER - A beluga whale from the Vancouver Aquarium that had been living at a SeaWorld in Florida has died.

Orlando SeaWorld posted a statement on its Facebook page Friday confirming the death of Nanuq, a male beluga estimated to be around 31 or 32 years old.

SeaWorld says Nanuq was being treated by veterinarians for an infection associated with a fractured jaw, an injury that resulted from an "interaction between two animals that were part of a compatible social group."

The cause of death is not yet known, and a post-mortem examination has been scheduled, although results are not expected for six to eight weeks.

The Vancouver Aquarium says Nanuq was transferred to Orlando in 1997, as part of a co-operative program to manage the genetic diversity of belugas in human care.

The aquarium says that in 1995 Nanuq sired a female beluga named Qila, who continues to live at the Vancouver Aquarium, and staff are deeply saddened by the death.

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