Lifestyle Pets Baby Beluga Mysteriously Dies Moments After Birth at SeaWorld SeaWorld Orlando said the baby beluga's mother had a healthy pregnancy leading up to the calf's death By Kelli Bender Kelli Bender Kelli Bender is the Pets Editor for PEOPLE Digital and PEOPLE magazine. She has been with the PEOPLE brand for more than eight years, working as a writer/producer across PEOPLE's Lifestyle, Features, and Entertainment verticals before taking on her current role. Kelli is also an editor on PEOPLE's Stories to Make You Smile and serves as an editorial lead on PEOPLE's World's Cutest Rescue Dog Contest and Pet Product Awards. Before joining PEOPLE, Kelli helped AOL and Whalerock launch a pet lifestyle site called PawNation. She is a pet parent to a cat named Wallace, and her professional and personal devotion to animals has taken her to three dog weddings ... so far. People Editorial Guidelines Published on July 11, 2017 11:07 AM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Eric Gay/AP A baby beluga born into captivity at SeaWorld Orlando died of unknown causes just moments after it was born to 17-year-old mom Whisper. The theme park announced the death of the calf on Friday, stating in a press release that the beluga was born earlier in the week and was “unusually weak.” “Unfortunately the unusually weak calf surfaced only briefly before sinking to the bottom of the pool. The animal care and veterinary teams reacted quickly and were able to reach the calf and begin emergency care. Despite their best efforts and expertise, we are saddened to confirm that the calf did not survive,” the Florida park said in a statement. SeaWorld Orlando, which was eagerly awaiting the new arrival, is unsure what caused the sudden and shocking death, especially since Whisper had a full and healthy pregnancy. SeaWorld plans to perform a full post-mortem examination to hopefully get some insight into what caused the calf to perish so quickly. Results could take several weeks. “Whisper received routine ultrasounds and health assessments to monitor her and the calf’s progress throughout the pregnancy, which progressed as expected. Additionally, there were no obvious signs of complications during labor and everything otherwise appeared to progress normally,” the park added. RELATED: Tilikum, the SeaWorld Whale that Inspired Blackfish, Has Died in Captivity The baby’s mother, Whisper, was born at SeaWorld Antonio in 2009 and transferred to Orlando in 2010. While SeaWorld is saddened by the sudden loss of Whisper’s calf, the park is focusing on the mother’s care, enusring she gets the “attention she needs” during this difficult time. Whisper is currently being held and monitored in the back pool of SeaWorld Orlando’s beluga habitat until the animal care team feel she is ready to go back on display. According to the park, Whisper is active and alert, and has not required any additional medical care at this time.