Killer whale dies at SeaWorld San Antonio

Alicia Krebs and daughter Amanda, from West Grove, Penn., kick off Mother's Day weekend as they visit Katina and her 4-month-old killer whale calf, Unna, at Sea World of Florida Friday, May 9, 1997. Katina and Unna - whose name is Icelandic for "to love and adore"- curiously interact with park guests. The calf often observes and mimics her mother's behaviors, trailing her throughout Sea World's killer whale shows, training sessions and playtimes. (AP Photo/Sea World, Chris Gotshall)

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A killer whale at SeaWorld San Antonio has died after suffering from a fungal infection.

The San Antonio Express-News reports the park said it would conduct a necropsy to determine the cause of the Monday death of the killer whale named Unna.

According to a news release, the 18-year-old whale contracted a strain of fungus called Candida and was under the care of the park’s veterinary team in recent months.

Unna is the third whale to die at the park in the past six months. The park canceled all killer whale shows Monday.

SeaWorld’s killer whale shows have been a source of controversy since the critical “Blackfish” documentary was released in 2013. The company announced last month that it was phasing out orca shows at its San Diego park.

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