27 Apr '12, 6am

Mosquitoes Blamed For Captive Killer Whale Deaths

Mosquitoes Blamed For Captive Killer Whale Deaths

In the open ocean, healthy killer whales live free of any natural predators -- but in captivity, even the smallest of insects pose a lethal threat to these majestic giants. According to the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society (WDCS), new evidence suggests that in recent decades at least two orcas housed at SeaWorld parks perished due to mosquito-borne illness from West Nile and St. Louis encephalitis viruses. The findings raise renewed questions about the appropriateness of keeping large aquatic mammals in such restrictive holding tanks -- which experts say, contributed to the transmission of the diseases. Courtney Vail, campaigns manager for WDCS , says that killer whales in captivity are prone to spending too much time floating, or "logging", due to the limitations of their enclosures. These unnatural restrictions, and the resulting coping behavior, make orcas in capt...

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Mosquitoes Blamed For Captive Killer Whale Deaths

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