If you’re from San Diego, or have visited SeaWorld enough times, you are probably familiar with one of the legendary pilot whales named Bubbles.
Bubbles spent more than 30 years living at SeaWorld, participating in various shows around the park since her arrival in 1987. She performed at Marineland on the Palos Verdes Peninsula in Los Angeles County, which closed in the late 1980’s, before she was moved to SeaWorld.
Sadly, Bubbles passed away on Thursday, June 9 at the park. She was still performing in shows in the days prior to her death. Bubbles was believed to be the oldest pilot whale in a zoological park in the world.
“While Bubbles will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her, she has helped generations of park visitors gain a better appreciation for all animals and the ocean environment,” SeaWorld said in a statement.
The cause of the 50-year-old whale’s passing has yet to be determined. A necropsy will be performed in the coming days.
Thanks for all the childhood memories, Bubbles.