Ceta Base, who keeps an international record on captive marine mammals, is reporting today that the captive Beluga named “Beyli” passed away at Marineland Canada on August 24th. “Beyli” was wild caught in the White Sea, off of Russia, in 1994 and has been at Marineland since May 1999 – the last remaining live beluga from Marineland’s original import in May 1999 with “Ben” and “Baffin” already deceased. One of the oldest, if not the oldest beluga at Marineland, Beyli’s age had been estimated around 25 years. It is unclear how many offspring Beyli had while in captivity.
As of yet Marineland Canada has not announced details or confirmed this death themselves.
EDIT: Marineland Canada confirmed this death to QMI News Agency on Tuesday September 9th – claiming that Beyli died of old age and was near 40 years old. There is no source for their age verification – which if true would have made Beyli 20 at the age of capture off of Russia and 25 at the age of import to Marineland Canada in 1999.
It is still unclear how many offspring Beyli had in captivity or why Marineland took weeks to publicly acknowledge this death.