38-year-old whale dies at SeaWorld San Diego

A 38-year-old female beluga whale died Thursday at SeaWorld San Diego, park officials said.

Ruby lived at SeaWorld for 17 years as part of the Wild Arctic attraction. She came to SeaWorld San Diego from another zoological organization in 1997 and, in 2010, gave birth to another female beluga whale.

According to park officials, a necropsy will be performed to help determine the cause of death but it will be several weeks before the results are received.

The average lifespan of a beluga whale has been estimated to be 32.8 years, according to SeaWorld.

Wild Arctic now has five beluga whales on exhibit.

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