Free Lolita the Orca After 50 Years in Captivity

Target: Eric Eimstad, General Manager of Miami Seaquarium

Goal: Relocate Lolita the orca to a seaside sanctuary where she can live in her natural habitat with enough space.

2020 marks the fiftieth year that Lolita, a Southern resident orca, has spent in captivity at a Miami water attraction. At Miami Seaquarium, Lolita lives in the smallest orca tank in the world. The tank itself is barely bigger than she is, with a maximum depth of 20 feet. In the open ocean orcas can swim a hundred miles in a day and dive extremely deep. Imagine living in a bathtub. That’s how Lolita has been forced to live for the past fifty years.

Lolita was captured and taken from her pod in the Pacific Northwest fifty years ago. While we as humans may not think of animals as having their own families, they do. Orcas in particular have a unique social life. They communicate to each other through a distinct set of sounds, and they can be miles apart while they do it. Orcas also live with their pods their entire lives and have strong familial bonds. For Lolita, being ripped from her family and forced to live in a tiny enclosed space without any other orcas was extremely traumatic.

Along with the trauma of being separated from her pod and being confined to what is essentially a cage, Lolita lives in unhealthy and unsafe conditions. Besides the clearly unnatural experience of living in an aquarium, Lolita has also been wounded by dolphins that rake their teeth along her back and has had stress ulcers, sunburns, and infections. The Miami Seaquarium has treated these medical problems with antibiotics, but they wouldn’t have happened if Lolita was living in her natural habitat: the ocean.

After fifty years in captivity, Lolita is not adapted to life in the wild, open ocean. However, she could be moved to a sanctuary of enclosed ocean where she would have space to move and marine experts could track her recovery. Lolita deserves a better life; she deserved that fifty years ago when she was captured, and she deserves it now more than ever. Sign the petition below to demand that Lolita be relocated to an ocean sanctuary.


Dear Mr. Eimstad,

Lolita the orca has been in captivity for fifty years, trapped in the tiniest orca tank in the world and separated from her pod in the Pacific Northwest. She frequently suffers from ailments like sunburns, infections, and stress ulcers, which have resulted from her captivity. If she were living in the ocean, medical problems like these would not arise. While she cannot be set free into the ocean because she is not adapted to living in the wild, she needs to be relocated to a sanctuary where she can swim large distances and live in her natural habitat, which is not a zoo.

Lolita needs the space to move around and her relocation is long overdue. She was ripped from her family fifty years ago and has been kept in unhealthy conditions since then. I demand that you free Lolita and move her to a seaside sanctuary where she can be healthy.


[Your Name Here]

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