That killer whale did a killer job soaking my family and I !! (at Miami Seaquarium Key Biscayne)
Lolita is a beautiful girl, isn’t she? Though I’ve never been to the park myself I don’t believe they tell you about her history. I really love this girl, and I think if more people knew about her past they’d love her even more. Maybe even fight for her.
Lolita was captured from Washington State in 1970, and is a member of L-Pod. On August 8, 1970 her and her family were rounded up using explosives and a multitude of nets and boats in Penn Cove on Whidbey Island, Washington. She was lassoed and put into a sling then shipped across the country. Here are some photos from that fateful day.
Her family still swims together. Her presumed mother is Ocean Sun (L25) and she is believed to be 86 this year. Here’s a photo of her alongside Mega (L41) taken two weeks ago.
And her family in the middle of a greeting ceremony when the three local pods get together and socialize, strengthen bonds, and mate.
In the wild, they are never alone. They live in tight knit pods. Sons and daughters stay with their mothers for their entire lives. Lolita has been along for the past forty years. She hasn’t seen another orca since her tank mate (yes, they used to have another orca in that tank with her) died on March 4, 1980. Here’s a photo of the two.
Lolita, also known as Tokitae, still recognizes her family’s calls. There is a cove that has been offered for her retirement pen on the west side of San Juan Island, in her native waters, where she can feel the rhythm of the ocean again and hear the calls of killers whales—her family. There’s even the possibility she could rejoin them. Right now she lives in a tank that is not even as deep as she is long while her family swims up to 100 miles a day.
She deserves so much better than what she’s endured, and we can help. You are welcome to ask me any questions and if you want to learn more about the details of the plan set in place if Miami Seaquarium ever agrees to release her you can find it here. The photos above of the capture and of her and Hugo are not mine. The ones of Ocean Sun and of the greeting ceremony are.
She deserves so much better than what she’s endured, and we can help.