Miami Seaquarium Changes Its Tune on Releasing Lolita the Orca to Sanctuary
Miami New Times – Jonathan Kendall (December 19, 2022)
For years, the higher-ups at Miami Seaquarium stated, time and again, that they had no intention of retiring their star performer, Lolita the orca, much less returning the famed killer whale to her native home in the Pacific Northwest. With new ownership at the helm and the whale in failing health, plans appear to have changed.
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Note: Sacred Sea told Whatcom News via email, “While Eduardo Albor’s announcement is a wonderful and necessary step in the right direction, it does not mean that Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut can come home immediately. Many agencies and individuals will need to say ‘yes’ to various permits and permissions. She will need to be physically, mentally, and emotionally prepared to make the journey. Bringing her home is a process, not a single decision point. While we cannot yet celebrate her homecoming, we can celebrate Señor Albor’s open-heartedness, his support, and his generous ‘yes.'”