Today, January 8th, 2023, the Moskvarium announced Narnia’s passing.
Narnia, a female orca, passed away at the Moskvarium. She was captured from the Sea of Okhotsk, in Russia, on August 11th, 2012, and was the oldest and most dominant whale at the Moskvarium. At the time of her capture, Narnia was approximately six-years-old and caught with at least two other orcas. She was briefly kept in a holding pool before moving to the TINRO Center. There, Narnia was housed alone until August 22nd, 2013, when she was joined by three juvenile whales. In October of 2013, two of these whales left the TINRO Center. Shortly after this, two new orcas arrived at the Center. On December 2nd, 2013, Narnia and another whale, Nord, were moved to the Exhibition of Achievements of National Economy. The following year, in 2014, both Narnia and Nord were transferred to the Moskvarium, where they were introduced to another orca, Naja. Narnia was the first Russian transient orca to survive capture. According to the Moskvarium, “Narnia died of acute intestinal volvulus.” The date of her death is currently unknown, however, the Moskvarium reports that, “The cause of death was established after a study, the results of which were obtained a few days later.” Apparently, Narnia’s symptoms came quickly and were not previously detected (neither behaviorally nor medically).
Photo belongs to the Moskvarium (found via the Moskvarium’s official website).
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