For more than 40 years, captive orca Lolita continues to perform and live a solitary existence at the Miami Seaquarium on the island of Virginia Key in Biscayne Bay, Florida. Captured in 1970 in Puget Sound off the coast of Washington state, Lolita was taken from her pod and has been living in North America’s smallest whale tank since. In that time, Lolita has had one tank mate, Hugo, who died in 1980 due to an aneurism from repeatedly slamming his head into the tank wall. Many experts have called this an “act of suicide.” Since then, Lolita has been the only orca to live at Miami Seaquarium. Orcas are social animals, and the lack of interaction with other orcas opposes her natural behaviors. Lolita’s family, including her mother, are still alive in the wild and are now protected as an endangered species.
Earlier this year, Miami Seaquarium was purchased by Palace Entertainment, and the National Marine Fisheries Services has considered protecting Lolita as an endangered species as well. If successful, this would enable Lolita the chance of rehabilitation and eventually could be released back into the wild with the rest of her family.
Take Action: Contact Palace Entertainment and the Mayor of Miami-Dade County and urge them to consider releasing Lolita from years of confinement and exploitation so that she may reunite with her family in the wild.
Fernando Eiroa, President and CEO
4590 MacArthur Blvd., Suite 400
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Mayor Carlos Gimenez and Commissioners
Stephen P. Clark Government Center
111 NW 1st Street, Suite 220
Miami, FL 33128