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The Miami Seaquarium says:
“Lolita is healthy and thriving here in her home of 46 years.”
– Robert Rose, curator
Lolita is held in the smallest, oldest whale tank in all of North America.
Lolita’s teeth were drilled into more than 16 times last year by Seaquarium staff.
She was forced to perform after these painful procedures despite painful, bleeding gums.
The dolphins who share Lolita's tank regularly rake her skin with their teeth, leaving her with bleeding, painful wounds.
Lolita is given a daily cocktail of drugs to manage stress ulcers, a painful eye condition, sunburns, skin rakes and infections.
She tested positive for e. Coli, MRSA/Staph and serious infections in 2016 and was considered "super-infested" with pathogens.
How can anyone say Lolita is thriving?
Lolita deserves better!
She could be safely moved to a seaside sanctuary where she would finally get the space and care she needs. She would not just be released into the open ocean, as is the common misconception.
The sanctuary is a protected area of the ocean where Lolita would be monitored and cared for by marine experts. The sanctuary would give her all the benefits of the ocean on a small scale. In the sanctuary Lolita would finally get the space and care she needs to truly thrive! It's possible Lolita could even communicate with her mother again, who is alive and well in the waters near the sanctuary.