Kodiak, a 15-year-old Steller Sea Lion, at the Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut, died on Friday. Photo Mystic Aquarium
popular Steller sea lion in Connecticut died on Friday. Veterinarians tried to
save the 2,000 pound star of the Mystic Aquarium, but he failed to respond to
treatment for liver disease and kidney failure.
15-year-old pinniped was named Kodiak, and came from the Vancouver Aquarium in
2002 when he was five years old. It's unclear where he was born.
Kodiak had to be humanely euthanized
despite "extraordinary efforts" by the aquarium's animal care team and marine
mammal specialists nationwide.
Kodiak's handlers said he was a
"tremendous ambassador" for his species, and was a favorite among aquarium
visitors both for his impressive size and his personality. His trainers said
they were continually impressed by his intelligence and ability to learn new
Steller sea lions, which range from Japan to California, are protected, it's
unlikely the Mystic Aquarium will be replacing Kodiak any time soon.