“My guess is Sonja passed away from having ingested some part of the facility, such as nuts, bolts,” Demers said. “It's the likeliest cause of such a sudden death, but I've seen otherwise healthy walruses die quickly and without explanation, which tends to happen a lot at Marineland.”
“As for Smooshi, of course I'm more worried now,” he added. “Inexplicable deaths followed by lies to defend them are more than just worrisome. Marineland is good at hiding things.”
Demers isn’t the only one concerned about the park’s walruses. Last August, there was an international outcry after a video surfaced showing Zeus, a 14-year-old walrus who is so emaciated his hip bones and spine stick out, being forced to perform in a show. Like Smooshi, Demers says, Zeus has chronic regurgitation issues, yet he still performs for the public.