Orca Whale ‘Lolita’ Dies at Miami Seaquarium Shortly Before Her Return to Ocean
By WFTV // August 19, 2023
MIAMI, FLORIDA (WFTV) – Lolita — an orca that has lived at the Miami Seaquarium for more than 50 years — died Friday at the marine-life park ahead of her planned return to her native waters in the Pacific Northwest.
The Seaquarium said Friday that in the last two days, the killer whale — who is also known has Tokitae — began exhibiting “serious signs of discomfort.”
The facility said its medical team immediately began treating the 57-year-old, 5,000-pound whale.
“Despite receiving the best possible medical care, she passed away Friday afternoon from what is believed to be a renal condition,” the park said. “Toki was an inspiration to all who had the fortune to hear her story and especially to the Lummi nation that considered her family. Those who have had the privilege to spend time with her will forever remember her beautiful spirit.”
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