Georgia Aquarium whale euthanized

Posted Thursday, January 4, 2007 9:33 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Gasper, the beloved beluga whale who became a star of the Georgia Aquarium, was euthanized Tuesday morning after months of declining health. The ghost-white whale, who had fought a deadly bone disease for months, had stopped eating on his own several weeks ago and aquarium officials said at the time his chances of survival were slim.

Read more from The Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Thursday, January 4, 2007 10:58 PM
Well, that's sad. But I guess it's all for the better, instead of letting him die a horrible death.

Of course two questions arise:

1) How exactly do they euthanize a whale?
2) What are done with the remains?

Just some curious questions...

Monday, January 8, 2007 11:50 AM
I would expect that you would use the same kind of anesthetic that you would use for a similarly large animal, such as an elephant. I don't know what specific chemical that might be.

As to the second question, I would expect that an autopsy will be performed or that the remains will be studied so that cetacean biologists might gain some insight into the bone cancer that killed him.

Monday, January 8, 2007 12:49 PM

2) What are done with the remains?

I'd wait a few weeks before ordering any seafood while at the aquarium...just in case. ;)

Monday, January 8, 2007 3:12 PM
^Your rotten Gonch. Couldn't help yourself could ya. :)
Well now that we no what not to eat while visiting lets say the remains can be used for a number of different things. Maybe a breakdown of the whales internal organs might help to explain other reasons for its sickend falter. Disection of the beast is my quess.
Friday, January 12, 2007 12:53 PM

Same aquarium, this time it's a whale shark....something amiss, or just coincidence?


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