Animal lovers are worried about the fate of a killer whale who is held captive at Miami Seaquarium. In fact, a “Prayers for Lolita” event has even been created on Facebook for the whale who will be riding out Hurricane Irma…apparently alone.
Lolita lives in a tank at the Seaquarium which is self-describe as a “38-acre tropical paradise.” Recently, the Miami Herald reported that Lolita’s tank is “woefully small,” and a recent audit by the U.S. Department of Agriculture revealed that the tank may not meet size requirements for the captive whale.
On a good day, without a Category 4 Hurricane, the tank is believed to be too small to give Lolita adequate “freedom of movement.” There are current concerns that the tank is so small that the whale will be unable to dive and escape potential hazards created by the massive storm.
No word about Lolita’s current situation on the Miami Seaquarium Facebook page; on Sept. 7, the business wrote:
Miami Seaquarium has been open at its present location since 1955 and it has withstood its fair share of storms. The park has an experienced and dedicated team working diligently to ensure our animals are safe.
Meet Lolita, our resident killer whale at #MiamiSeaquarium. Watch to learn about the special care she receives, the realities of moving her from her home of almost 50 years and how you can help the endangered killer whale species in the wild.
Posted by Miami Seaquarium on Friday, March 31, 2017
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