Unfortunately, Tiqa never got to chase after fish in the deep blue sea.
Born on June 10, 2008, the three-year-old beluga whale died at 5:45 a.m. this morning (September 16) in the Vancouver aquarium.
The cause of death was not immediately disclosed, but a press conference was scheduled for this afternoon.
(Update [5:51 p.m.]: The Vancouver aquarium has said that Tiqa died of pneumonia.)
Tiqa got her name after the aquarium held a contest that drew thousands of entries.
It's the second time in as many years that a beluga has died at the aquarium.
After the calf Nala died in June 2010, the Vancouver park board debated but ultimately rejected a proposal from Green commissioner Stuart Mackinnon to hold a citywide plebiscite on cetaceans in captivity.
According to a list of known aquarium deaths provided by Lifeforce Foundation founder Peter Hamilton, Tiqa is at least the eighth beluga to die in captivity at the Vancouver institution. The others were named Bella, Tuaq, Lugosi, Sanaq, Churchill, and Tuvaq.
Unless keeping whales in captivity is banned in Vancouver, the list is almost certain to grow.
Tiqa at about six months old.