This is Tokitae, aka ‘Lolita’, at the Miami Seaquarium. She has been held there for FOURTY THREE YEARS, all while her mother (Southern Resident orca Ocean Sun L25) and pod relatives swim free in the waters of Washington state. Toki has not seen another orca in over thirty years, since her fellow Southern Resident Hugo died by smashing his own face into the concrete tank wall, causing an aneurysm. Meanwhile, this valiant, strong, and resilient lady has been languishing in the hot Miami sun in this illegally small pool. It’s an utter disgrace and all for profit.
Kindly leave if you think this is any sort of okay.
Also remember that even though they don’t do it anymore, SeaWorld and other marine parks have a lot of whales and dolphins in their “”collections”” (which is a terrible term for a group of LIVING BEINGS with lives and feelings, who are NOT property to be bought, sold, or traded, nor exploited for human gain/entertainment/profit) that come from the wild captures. Tilikum, Ulises, Kasatka, Katina, and finally Corky all are wild caught. Ripped from their families as just tiny calves, these orcas have had to suffer through decades of confinement, exploitation, and maltreatment. It’s a crime against nature that should not ever, under any circumstance, be supported or endorsed.
Don’t visit marine parks, don’t give them your time or money. The ONLY way to change things is to STOP THEIR PROFIT and make our voices heard: WE DON’T WANT CAPTIVITY TO CONTINUE.
(Photo is not mine, I grabbed it from Save Lolita on Facebook)