08/14/2017 07:32 EDT | Updated 08/14/2017 07:40 EDT

Marineland Canada Says Beluga Whale Death Happened Suddenly

Gia the beluga was born at Marineland.

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Park goers watch beluga whales swim in Marineland's Arctic Cove from an underwater viewing area, Friday July 20, 2012 in Niagara Falls.

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. — Marineland Canada says it's mourning the passing of a "beloved" beluga whale at its facility in Niagara Falls, Ont.

Marineland issued a statement Monday morning saying the whale named Gia died suddenly, and that preliminary results of a necropsy indicate the cause of death was a twisted small intestine that resulted in a fatal blockage.

The statement says Gia was born at Marineland and had appeared to be healthy until her sudden passing. It adds that the young whale will be deeply missed by everyone at Marineland.

It notes that shortly after her birth, Gia's mother stopped nursing her and she was cared for by a marine mammal team that worked with her 18 hours a day until she developed proper eating habits.

Marineland says complete necropsy results will be provided when received.

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