"She was fine ... until she wasn't," Naomi Rose, a marine mammal scientist with the Animal Welfare Institute, wrote on a Facebook page she runs. "Cause of death will be reported when results from tests are in, but it will probably be inconclusive or rather uninformative. If the necropsy results were publicly available or evaluated in published research, there would be less of a mystery."
Following Kayla's sudden death, animal advocates around the world are rallying together in support of whale sanctuary initiatives, which aim to relocate orcas used for entertainment into large, species-appropriate habitats in the ocean. It's the life that orcas like Kayla and so many others could only dream of — but their time sadly came too soon.