People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, PETA, is wasting no time blasting Sea World of Texas over the death of four year old Bella, a Beluga whale that was found dead in its tank on Sunday, 1200 WOAI news reports.
"Yet again, a beluga at Sea World has died decades earlier than her special' natural life expectance of 35 to 50 years in the wild," said David Perle, PETA's spokesman.
Sea World of Texas says Belle died following an illness, and a necropsy and other work will be done to determine the exact cause of death.
Sea World says it's other belugas are in good health.
But PETA says more than a dozen belugas have died prematurely at Sea world San Antonio since 1993.
"Sea World sentences intelligent, sensitive marine mammals to a life of deprivation and isolation in tiny concrete tanks, and this constant stress takes its toll on the animals," Perle said.
He says PETA will continue to fight Sea World's attempt to import and breed more beluga whales.