Lolita the killer whale to be freed from Florida aquarium after decades of captivity

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lolita Killer whaleIt is set to be released from the Miami Aquarium and returned to its native waters in the Pacific Northwest.

The announcement came Thursday, March 30th after the operator Miami Aquarium She formally agreed to “fulfill the dream of returning Lolita to an ocean reserve.”

There are plans to release the killer whale Lolita, and return to the Pacific Northwest.

There are plans to release the killer whale Lolita, and return to the Pacific Northwest. (File photo/Miami Herald/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)

Jim Turner serenades Killer Whales, Hugo, Left, and Lolita, at the Seaquarium on March 26, 1979 with Bach's Sonatas on his musical saw.  Turner played 20 minutes for the vigilant pair, and tagged them, "big audience."

Jim Turner serenades Killer Whales, Hugo, Left, and Lolita, at the Seaquarium on March 26, 1979 with Bach’s Sonatas on his musical saw. Turner played 20 minutes in front of the attentive pair, and tagged them a “great audience”. (File photo of The Miami Herald/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)

at the conference, Florida Aquarium She said she began “the process of returning Toki to her native waters” by creating a legally binding agreement between Miami Sequarium management, The Dolphin Company, and Friends of Toki (Lolita), a nonprofit organization set up to help the killer whale.

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“It has always been our commitment at Dolphin to place the highest priority on animal welfare above all else,” said Eduardo Albor, CEO of Dolphin. “The search for a better future for Lolita is one of the reasons we acquired the Miami Aquarium. With the help of Jim Irsay and Pritam Singh, we are bringing that dream, the dream of bringing Lolita back to her home waters, closer than ever.”

Lolita the killer whale performs her 40th anniversary show at the Miami Aquarium.

Lolita the killer whale performs her 40th anniversary show at the Miami Aquarium. (Jeff Greenberg/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

“It has always been our commitment at Dolphin to place animal welfare above all else.”

– – Edward Barr, CEO of Dolphin Corporation

Lolita, at 56 years old, is one of the oldest orcas in captivity.

animal activists She has been fighting for her freedom for decades, arguing that she deserves to return to her home in the wild.

said Pritam Singh, who is driving Toki’s Friends (Lolita)An animal rights group is at the forefront of animal rights efforts.

A trainer rides a killer whale's Lolita to her 40th anniversary gala at the Miami Seaquarium.

A trainer rides a killer whale’s Lolita to her 40th anniversary gala at the Miami Seaquarium. (Jeff Greenberg/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

Indianapolis Colts owner and CEO Jim Irsay helped philanthropists and partnered with Dolphin in a “generous contribution” to freeing the orca.

Irsay teased the news in a Twitter post Thursday, writing, “Dinner before today’s Lolita press conference in Miami Beach! Major players in the massive plan to finally free up 8,000 pounds. the killer whaleLolita!! “

After the announcement of Lolita’s return to the water in the Pacific NorthwestAnimal rights group PETA praised their efforts to “reduce suffering”.

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“It may be easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven, but Jim Irsay shows that it can be done.” PETA President Ingrid Newkirk wrote in a press release. “I wish anyone who had the resources to do good things like this would open their heart as he did, and find a way to reduce suffering, and bring happiness to others, regardless of race, color, sex, or gender.”

Protesters line up outside the Seaquarium in the hot afternoon sun in support of Lolita the Whale who lives in the Seaquarium.

Protesters line up outside the Seaquarium in the hot afternoon sun in support of Lolita the Whale who lives in the Seaquarium. (Michelle Eve Sandberg/Corbis via Getty Images)

The size of Lolita's tank (which is below national standards), her lack of protection from the scorching sun and her complete isolation from other orcas led to community members protesting Lolita's capture.

The size of Lolita’s tank (which is below national standards), her lack of protection from the scorching sun and her complete isolation from other orcas led to community members protesting Lolita’s capture. (Michelle Eve Sandberg/Corbis via Getty Images)

In 2021, A.J US Department of Agriculture A report was released criticizing the Miami Seaquarium’s animal welfare, stating that Lolita was feeding less than the recommended amount, was not consuming enough water, as well as damage to her pool.

The massive animal also lives in one of the smallest cetacean tanks in North America, according to Watchman.

According to Dolphin, Lolita will be televised within the next 18 to 24 months.

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Lolita receives round-the-clock care from a team of highly skilled medical, nutritional, and behavioral specialists.

Her most recent independent assessment of health and well-being indicated that her “energy, appetite and participation in daily activities have become reasonably stable”.

“We are all committed to giving these beautiful orcas a new home and a peaceful future.”

– – Edward Barr, CEO of Dolphin Corporation

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“Mayor Daniela Levin Cava’s leadership, since the transfer of ownership of the Marine Aquarium, has been instrumental in bringing our worlds closer together,” Alpur said. “With the support of all parties, the continued health of Lolita and approvals from the appropriate authorities, we are all committed to providing these beautiful orcas new home and a peaceful future.”

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