Lolita the Orca Dies After More than Fifty Years in World’s Smallest Orca Tank

The orca Tokitae, also known as Lolita, passed away in one of the smallest orca tanks in the world at the Miami Seaquarium after more than fifty years in captivity. She was captured on August 8, 1970, off the coast of Washington State and sold to Miami Seaquarium for $20,000. In 2016, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida dismissed an Endangered Species Act lawsuit accusing the Miami Seaquarium of an illegal take. On March 30, 2023, the Miami Sequarium announced that Friends of Lolita, with funding from NFL Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay, had engaged in an agreement to bring Lolita back to a sea sanctuary in Washington in the next 18–24 months. Lolita’s mother is approximately eighty years old and still lives in the wild.