Orca whale Lolita, held in captivity for 53 years, will be released
The 56-year-old Orca whale (killer whale) Lolita, which has been held in captivity for 53 years in a water park in the US state of Florida, will be released into the Pacific Ocean.
Miami Seaquarium, the water park in Florida where Lolita is located, and the nonprofit Lolita's Friends announced that an agreement has been reached for the release of 56-year-old Lolita. Lolita has been performing there since 1970. It was stated that Lolita, also known as Toki and Tokitae, is one of the former killer whales in captivity and it will take time to return to its natural environment since it has lived in a water tank for many years.
The Dolphin Company, which bought the Miami Seaquarium last year, announced that for the first time in history, a private company that operates a water park, will make a deal with an animal welfare nonprofit and work to return Lolita to its natural environment.
It was noted that Lolita will gain some skills such as teaching how to fish so that she can feed in her natural environment over a period of 18 to 24 months, and in the process she will prepare for her natural environment.