Quila's passing was announced Wednesday morning

Vancouver Aquarium’s Qila dies at 21 years old

The announcement was made in a blog post called “Remembering Qila"

The Vancouver Aquarium’s beluga whale Qila has died at 21 years old.

The announcement was made in a blog post on the Aquarium’s website, where Qila’s death was described as a “sudden loss.”

Qila was the first-ever beluga whale to be born in a Canadian Aquarium in July of 1995, and was one of two beluga whales at the aquarium including her mother, Aurora.

The details surrounding Qila’s death have not been released at this time.

Moving forward, Aquarium staff will turn “our attention to beluga whale Aurora as she adjusts to the change.”

“She was a delight for our team of staff and volunteers every single day — always the first to give us a wink, a little tail flap or a head bob in the morning. It is difficult to put into words the love we all had for her. We will miss her immensely,” the blog post read.


@ashwadhwaniashley.wadhwani@bpdigital.caLike us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

 

Just Posted

VIDEO: Horseshoe competition lands in Abbotsford

B.C. International Highwayman Open running on Saturday and Sunday.

Abbotsford recovery house called a ‘flop house’ by neighbours, rebuffed by council

Operator had wrote in a letter that he would not want to live next door to such a facility

African Children’s Choir performs twice in Abbotsford

Concerts take place Sunday, May 19 and Friday, May 24

Bradner hosts 100th annual May Day celebration

Parade and country fair take place in Abbotsford on Monday, May 20

Art recovered from Abbotsford’s now-closed Dunach Elementary recovered

Art being stored in archives of The Reach after advocacy from former PAC president

Jeep totalled, four young people in hospital, after single-vehicle crash in Surrey

Mounties have not ruled out any possible factors in what led to the overnight crash

Update: Mother dead, child in critical condition after carbon monoxide poisoning at Shuswap campground

The woman was found unresponsive insider her tent and the youth was taken via air ambulance to hospital

Kelowna RCMP interrogation video brings home reality in ‘visceral way’: former TRC chairman

Video of Mountie interrogating young Indigenous woman disclosing sexual abuse under fire

Canada’s parole officers say correctional system has reached breaking point

About half of Canada’s federal parole officers work inside penitentiaries and correctional institutions

Montreal researchers create audible hockey puck for visually impaired players

Three years ago, Gilles Ouellet came up with the idea for a puck that makes a continuous sound

Cloverdale Rodeo competition promises to be a ‘nail-biter’ this weekend

New challengers giving returning champions a run for their money

Former B.C. Greyhound bus drivers head to Penticton for goodbye party

Big bash runs until Sunday, funded by drink cans left behind on busses over the years

Boy, 12, arrested after allegedly pulling a knife on another child at a Surrey park

The child was later released into his parents’ custody as Surrey RCMP continue their investigation

Full-scale search underway for missing kayaker on Okanagan Lake

Kelowna Paddle Centre member Zygmunt Janiewicz, 71, failed to return from his ‘daily kayak’ on the lake

Most Read