Following the recent deaths of two beluga whales at the Vancouver Aquarium, staff publicly speculated the whales may have been deliberately poisoned, but as of this morning, police say the aquarium has not requested a formal investigation.
Aurora died Friday, a week after her calf Qila, with both showing similar symptoms.
Staff at the aquarium have told reporters as recently as yesterday that the whales could have died from “possibly introduced toxins.”
“Nothing’s off the table,” is another quote given more than once to media outlets.
But the Vancouver Police Department says it is “not aware of any evidence to suggest that the unfortunate deaths of the Beluga whales at the Vancouver Aquarium were as a result of a criminal act.”
The aquarium has defended its beluga program over the years against claims by environmentalists that keeping the belugas in captivity amounts to animal cruelty.