Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: Lolita, in Five Numbers

Photo Credit: Colleen Gorman

44: years in captivity
34: years alone

Photo Credit: Lolita's Hope: BRING ME HOME  Facebook page
35: width in feet of Lolita's tank at the Miami Seaquarium
21: length in feet of Lolita

Animal Welfare Act Standards: Lolita's tank must be 48 feet width, minimum. 

2005: year Lolita's pod, the Southern Resident orcas of the Pacific Northwest, were declared an endangered species

Photo Credit: Andrew A. Reding
Ocean Sun, Lolita's octogenarian mother (still living)
Click here to watch "A Day In the Life of Lolita" and learn about the plan to retire Lolita, should she ever be released.


  1. that really is so sad but you know the odds of her surviving after being released is so tiny. I know back home they spent 2 years working with a group of dolphins to try and release them back into the wild after being in captivity for years and years. They taught them how to fish again and had daily outings out in the ocean with them but when they were finally released they were all found dead within a month. I sure hope they can do something to improve her life though.

  2. Thanks for sharing this orca story!

  3. So sad. We are a couple counties away from Miami but we never go to the aquarium...we just can't bare it.

  4. Interesting and at the same time very sad. Golden Thanks for sharing. Golden Woofs

  5. So not right and people wonder why they have turned on their keepers in captivity. Have a wonderful Wednesday.
    Best wishes Molly

  6. Never, ever understood this. So cruel. Hey, I'm not even a fan of the zoo.

  7. Although I understand the value of keeping some individuals of an endangered species in captivity, I still mourn the life that they are condemned to live.


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