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."