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SeaWorld pilot whale dies

This undated photo provided by SeaWorld San Diego shows Bubbles, a short-finned pilot whale that lived at SeaWorld San Diego for nearly 30 years. The park reported that Bubbles died Thursday, June 9, 2016. She was believed to be in her mid-50s. A necropsy will be performed to determine the cause of death. (Mike Aguilera/SeaWorld San Diego via AP) MANDATORY CREDITSAN DIEGO, United States – Bubbles, a short-finned pilot whale that lived at SeaWorld San Diego for nearly 30 years, has died, the park reported. Bubbles was in her mid-50s when she died Thursday.

A necropsy will be performed to determine the cause of her death. “While Bubbles will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her, she has helped generations of park visitors gain a better appreciation for all animals and the ocean environment,” SeaWorld said in a statement.

Female pilot whales generally live to be about 60 in the wild, and Bubbles was believed to be the oldest of her species in a zoological park, SeaWorld said. (AP)

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