PHOENIX (KSAZ) – Dolphinaris officials have published the cause of death for Alia, a 10-year-old bottlenose dolphin who died in May .
Dolphinaris officials said Alia had shown unusual behaviors in the days leading up to her death. According to a statement released Friday, Independent Pathologists at the University of Illinois found that Alia had an acute bacterial infection that spread rapidly through her body and that Alia succumbed to sepsis or bloodstream infection.
In addition, the statement said that third-party laboratory results from the University of Illinois Valley preclude Fever or any other type of fungal infection related to the desert environment, and that the infection was not contagious to other dolphins or humans.
"Alias Tod has deeply saddened her coaches and all of us in Dolphinaris," said Christian Schaeffer de Leon, General Manager of Dolphinaris Arizona. "Her time with us has strengthened our commitment to educating and inspiring the public for the care and protection of marine mammals in the wild, and our guests tell us that the meeting of nearby dolphins creates lasting connections and motivates, better stewards of the sea. "