Thousands of people are expected to fill the streets of Miami this weekend, lending their voices to a whale who doesn't have one.
Lolita, a wild-caught female orca who's been living at the Miami Seaquarium for more than 44 years, is the target of a movement to retire her from her cramped tank and into a seaside sanctuary. The Miracle March for Lolita is set to begin on Saturday at 8 a.m. in the city's Historic Virginia Key Beach Park.
The march will include speeches from guests like Dr. Naomi Rose, a noted marine mammal scientist. Racecar driver Leilani Munter, actress Shannen Doherty and president of the Nonhuman Rights Project Steven Wise will also be marching along in support of the 7,000-pound whale.
"I think the time is right because the public is focused on this problem as a result of the Blackfish Effect," Rose, who appeared in the documentary "Blackfish," told The Dodo. "As for the odds of Lolita being retired to a seaside sanctuary, I don't know what they are, but I feel they have never been better than right now."
Lolita was caught off the coast of Washington State and has been referred to as the "world's loneliest orca," since she has lived for decades without another orca.
A drone camera recently caught a glimpse at Lolita's life in her tank - which is the smallest of its kind in North America and does not meet the guidelines set forth by the Animal Welfare Act.