Lolita is kept in the smallest, oldest orca tank in North America and has not had contact with another orca since 1980.
Lolita was torn away from her family and natural habitat decades ago, along with dozens of other orcas in Puget Sound who were later sold to marine parks.
Nearly a half-century later, she is the last surviving orca of the 45 who were captured and is still imprisoned by the Miami Seaquarium. She has been alone since 1980, when her tankmate, Hugo, died after repeatedly ramming his head into a wall.
And across the ocean, four orcas named Wikie, Inouk, Moana, and Keijo are trapped at Marineland Antibes in France, where at least 20 orcas have died, including two just two years ago – among them, a 19-year-old named Valentin, who was killed by severe flooding along with many other animals.
The park is a showcase of neglect and abuse: orcas swim in repetitive patterns, vomit, chew on metal cage bars until they irreparably damage their teeth, and bang their heads against concrete walls. Four months before the floods, Valentin's mother, Freya, also died – decades before the maximum life expectancy of female orcas in nature.
There is overwhelming evidence that orcas suffer in captivity and that the tide of public opinion has turned against marine mammal confinement. It's simply unacceptable that the Miami Seaquarium and Marineland Antibes are still confining intelligent, sensitive orcas to tiny concrete tanks.
Please help free Lolita, Wikie, Inouk, Moana, and Keijo. Urge the parent company of the Miami Seaquarium and Marineland Antibes to retire them to a seaside sanctuary, where they could feel waves, hear the calls of wild orca pods, and finally have some semblance of a natural life.