Marineland announced Gia’s death yesterday via an online statement, although Phil Demers, a former Marineland trainer who now campaigns against the park, told The Dodo that she actually died nine days earlier on August 4.
“I know from sources — two independent ones,” Demers said. “Marineland tried to hide it. They won’t announce whale deaths unless we bust them in the act.”
Marineland, however, told The Dodo that they were simply waiting for the necropsy results to come in before announcing Gia's death.
"We all have an interest in understanding the cause of any animal’s death and that any explanation we give is accurate," a spokesperson for Marineland said. "It is, therefore, important to get necropsy results before making any announcement. In this case, as soon as preliminary results were received an announcement was made."