Miami, FL – For the first time in decades, Lolita, an orca who has been held captive at a Miami aquarium, will be returned to the area where she was originally captured and taken from her family. According to a news release from the non-profit organization, Friends of Lolita, the orca will be returned to her native waters in the Puget Sound of Washington sometime within the next 18 to 24 months.
In 1970, when Lolita was just four years old, she was captured near Penn Cove, in Washington, and taken from her pod…she has been living for decades in Florida at the Miami Seaquarium. The seaquarium recently came under the management of The Dolphin Company, and entered into a formal and binding agreement with Friends of Lolita, a non-profit organization co-founded by environmentalist Pritam Singh, to bring to life the dream of returning Lolita to an ocean sanctuary.
Mr. Albor, CEO of The Dolphin Company said,
“Finding a better future for Lolita is one of the reasons that motivated us to acquire the Miami Seaquarium. With the help of Jim Irsay and Pritam Singh, we are bringing that dream, the dream of returning Lolita to her home waters, closer than ever.”
Current plans involve transferring Lolita to a cove in Puget Sound where she can swim in the sea, enjoying more freedom than she has experienced for most of her life.
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