MYSTIC, Conn. (WTNH) — One of the female beluga whales that arrived at Mystic Aquarium from Canada back in May is now critically ill after suffering a setback.
Doctors at the aquarium say Jetta is one of five beluga whales that was transported from Canada’s MarineLand.
The whales were reportedly moved to Mystic for scientific research and overcrowding.
In August, Mystic reported Jetta was receiving constant care from their medical team for a low white blood cell count and gastrointestinal issues.
In mid-August, Jetta’s condition was considered ill and failing. A week later the aquarium reported her condition had improved to “stable but guarded.”
Now, on Sept. 21, the aquarium says Jetta is critically ill again and that it is working to improve her health.
They say they are still hopeful the whale will get better and they are asking the community to send them support for their workers and the whale.
The belugas brought to Mystic from Canada were all born under human care and would not survive if released into the wild.
While many animal rights activist groups have been against the whales being moved from their home, the chief doctor at Mystic Aquarium says it needed to be done.
“All of the animals at MarineLand, given the conditions, have some sort of health issues. The animals that we transported at the time were cleared for transport and they did well on the transport,” said Dr. Tracy Romano of Mystic Aquarium. “Our team is working around the clock to provide care and observations on this animal and we’re doing all we can for the animal at this time.”
Another one of the five belugas from Canada died from a preexisting gastrointestinal condition.