A plan to return a southern resident orca named Lolita to her home waters off the coast of Washington State has been announced. The owners of Miami Seaquarium, where Lolita currently resides, shared the creation of a “formal and binding agreement” with Florida non-profit Friends of Lolita to return her to Puget Sound. The goal is to accomplish this relocation within eighteen months to two years. Last year, the company then taking over the Miami Seaquarium, MS Leisure, determined that Lolita would no longer be put on display due to her deteriorating health. She was captured in the waters of Washington state in 1970. At the age of fifty-seven, she is considered to be the oldest orca whale still held in captivity.
Miami Seaquarium Announces Plans to Return Orca to Home Waters
Excerpt from Animal Law Digest: Canada Edition: Issue 39