Marineland Canada Mournfully Reports The Passing Of Our Beloved Beluga Whale Gia

News from Marineland Canada in Niagara Falls, Ontario

Posted August 15th, 2017 on Niagara At Large

(This news release was originally posted by Marineland Canada – owner and operator of a large theme park in Niagara Falls, Ontario – on August 14th, 2017)

Niagara, Ontario – Marineland Canada has received preliminary necropsy results on, Gia, a beluga whale who has called Marineland home since birth.

Gia passed away suddenly at Marineland. Up until her passing, Gia appeared happy, healthy and a well-adjusted member of her pod.  Gia was taken care of by a dedicated marine mammal care team that have given hours of care to her each day of her life.

Complete necropsy results will be provided when received.

The preliminary necropsy results that followed Gia’s death indicated she had a congenital torsion of her small intestine that caused it to twist and resulted in a full blockage of the intestine, which resulted in Gia’s death.  

Gia’s life has been complex.  Her mother stopped nursing her prior to Gia getting a taste for fish.  In the wild, this would have certainly led to her death when it happened, but at Marineland, her dedicated care team segregated her from the other whales and worked with her eighteen hours each day for an extended period of time to develop proper eating habits.

Gia’s marine mammal team were successful and Gia was reintroduced to her pod, gained weight and appeared to be generally healthy and developing. Her sudden passing came as a great shock to everyone. 

In the past two years, Gia was a victim of radical activists who invent animal mistreatment where none exists to raise funds for themselves.  Marineland released a fact based video which was distributed to the Senators on the Fisheries and Oceans Committee at the time the false allegations were made.  Please see the following link to that video…beluga-whale-gia/

Those who knew her, those who loved her and our guests who saw her know that Gia was a young, happy, friendly and playful member of the Marineland family.  She will be deeply missed by her marine mammal care team and everyone at Marineland.


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5 responses to “Marineland Canada Mournfully Reports The Passing Of Our Beloved Beluga Whale Gia

  1. Sheila Krekorian

    Captivity Kills.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. So many have died long before their time….it’s no coincidence!

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  3. Gia never had the chance to experience the ocean and freedom. Perhaps the reason the mother stopped nursing was the unnatural circumstance of captivity. Who knows? Even if Gia died young, a few days of freedom would have been worth a lifetime in a tank. That is like a person living all of their life in a closet. That is not as nature intends it.

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  4. Benjamin Jaremko

    This corporation is totally screwed up! Look at how manipulative you (Marineland) are in this post.
    You display a picture of Gia where the natural curvature of her mouth makes it look like she is smiling when it’s a documented fact that captivity breeds depression. Then you say things like she was happy and healthy up until her death.
    Except that animals aren’t happy in captivity and she obviously wasn’t healthy. And then you say things like: if it weren’t for Marineland she would have died!
    Maybe she would have but she would have felt more love and joy that being wild and free for even a single day affords than being in captivity to amuse people with tricks for treats.
    And then blaming people who are actually concerned for her as having the motive for money? You charge people to go and see her. You have everything to lose by not proving she was “happy and healthy” and “well taken care of”.
    Shame on you and shame on anyone who gives money to (parks that keep these marine mammals in captivity.)


  5. Sheila Krekorian

    Gia’s mother likely stopped nursing her due to the stress of her own captivity. Her prison wasnt “natural” so her behaviour wasnt “natural”. On the one hand, Marineland takes credit for SAVING Gia “from the wild” while on the ther hand the same captivity they imposed causes her death. By collecting an entrance fee to see Gia while accusing Gia’s freedom supporters of being motivated by money, Marineland again demonstrates the unique ability to suck and blow at the same time. This longstanding show is free.


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