This isn't the first time the Miami Seaquarium has made headlines for its captive orca -- in January, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) proposed a rule on Friday to grant Lolita protection as an endangered species -- a ruling that would allow for her to be retired from performing and transferred to a seaside sanctuary. She was captured at two years old and has spent 40 years in captivity, and has been called "the orca the law forgot." Read more about Lolita's story here.
We've reached out to Miami Seaquarium for a comment and will update this post when we hear back.
SeaWorld and marine parks profit off keeping orcas and other marine animals in captivity -- despite evidence that captivity not only induces unnatural behaviors in whales, but also endangers trainers. Join us in pledging never to visit SeaWorld or other marine parks until they empty their orca tanks.