Miami, FL – On Friday afternoon, Lolita the killer whale died at the Miami Seaquarium. Lolita, aka Toki, began showing signs of discomfort the last two days. Miami Seaquarium said:
Miami Seaquarium and Friends of Toki medical team began treating immediately and aggressively.
Despite the medical intervention, the 57-year-old whale died.
Lolita spent five decades of her life in captivity. In 1970, at four years of age she was captured in Penn Cove, Puget Sound, and the remainder of her life was spent in aquariums.
In a public Facebook post, the Seaquarium said:
Toki was an inspiration to all who had the fortune to hear her story and especially to the Lummi nation that considered her family. Those of us who have had the honor and privilege to spend time with her will forever remember her beautiful spirit.
Prior to her death, the non-profit organization, Friends of Lolita, had been working to relocate the elderly whale to her native waters in Puget Sound. Advocates hoped to see the whale enjoy freedom in the twilight of her life.
Rest easy Lolita.
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