This highly intelligent and social wild animal has been without another orca since 1980, when her tank mate, Hugo, died of a brain aneurysm after reportedly ramming his head into the side of the tank, in what many believe to be a desperate attempt to break out of the tank—or even commit suicide.
In nature, where Lolita's mother still thrives at more than 80 years of age, orcas live in tight family units, with bonds that may last a lifetime. At the Seaquarium, Lolita swims in endless circles in a tiny barren cement tank that doesn't even meet minimum federal standards and also offers no protection from the burning sun—all violations of the Animal Welfare Act.
You can help Lolita today. Tell the Miami Seaquarium to give Lolita her freedom and immediately release her to a seaside sanctuary that can provide her with a more natural environment.
Dear [Decision Maker],