Mosquitoes Killed Two Killer Whales : Discovery News

“Logging (floating at the surface) was commonly witnessed while I was at SeaWorld, especially at night, which provided a static landing platform for mosquitoes,” former Sea World orca trainer John Jett told the WDCS.  “Free ranging orcas, conversely, are on the move and not exposed to mosquitoes. They don’t remain still long enough and mosquitoes are weak fliers, limited to coastal areas.”

The two orca fatalities were:

Kanduke – The 25-year old orca died at SeaWorld Orlando due to St. Louis encephalitis in 1990.

Taku – The 14-year-old male died after being fatally infected with the West Nile Virus in 2007 at SeaWorld San Antonio.

via Mosquitoes Killed Two Killer Whales : Discovery News.

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