Suddenly Dying: How Does Our Response to Marine Mammal Deaths Leave Us Less Human?

Orca Skyla at Loro Parque. Photo published in La Vanguardia.

Two weeks ago, an orca named Skyla died at Loro Parque in Canary Islands, Spain. The cause of death was found to be an intestinal torsion, which caused an acute sepsis (infection of the bloodstream) and sudden death. I can’t comment on Skyla’s case, because I wasn’t involved. What I can tell you, after a decade of caring for the health of marine…