Miami Seaquarium

Sharon - posted on 03/04/2011 ( 6 moms have responded )

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http://miami.cbslocal.com/2011/03/04/lol...

KEY BISCAYNE (CBS4) — South Florida marine super star Lolita the Killer Whale is feeling a bit under the weather.

The star attraction at the Miami Seaquarium is “being treated for a tooth infection, a recurrence of a dental issue she had in 1994,” according to a statement from the popular marine theme park. “The whale stadium at Miami Seaquarium is temporarily closed. Although she is not performing shows, she is eating normally and being treated with antibiotics,” said the statement.

Lolita, the oldest killer whale in captivity, was born around 1966. She has spent most of her life at the Seaquarium since her capture in 1970. The 7,000 pound whale has lived in the 20-foot deep tank for 40 years, performing twice a day for South Florida tourists.

For years, activists have been trying to convince the Seaquarium to retire Lolita and release her back into the waters of the Pacific Northwest where she was originally captured, but her handlers and theme park owners say her life would be endangered if she were freed after so many years in captivity.

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20 feet deep? Are you kidding me?

Ok the news article is farily inoccuous. But read the comments. Thats where I become disturbed.

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April - posted on 03/05/2011

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I disagree with Desiree above. Not all people and not all animals are the same. Some people/animals have better coping skills than others. Just because "Free Willy" couldn't survive in the wild, doesn't mean Lolita can't. Even if that were definitely true, she's still got a sea pen to go to. She has options! I'm definitely disturbed by this man who won't let her go. He's the one that should be put in jail...the smallest cell possible and see how he likes that!

Sharon - posted on 03/04/2011

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Yeah. I do kind of doubt the whale is dead. How would you hide that? Well I guess she could have been carved up on site& served to other performers. One big ass barbque for the staff.

Mrs. - posted on 03/04/2011

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I am particularly fond of the person who says, "Miami Seaquarium is a pimp!".

It's just kinda funny.

Still, poor animal. Some of the crazier folks on the comments are saying it's all a rouse and the whale is dead. They are demanding to see the animal....you have to admire that kind of commitment.

Iridescent - posted on 03/04/2011

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They also said the death of one of the same place's dolphins was hidden and lied about for a full month. Ya. Something's wrong there.

Sharon - posted on 03/04/2011

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i agree - but the commentors are saying that the aquarium is ignoring the fact that there is a seapen available and waiting for her. She wouldn't be in the wild and she would be fed the same as or better than at the aquarium.

Desiree - posted on 03/04/2011

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Actually they have a point she wouldn't cope in the wild by herself after all those years in captivity. It's like sending some one who has been in prison for 50 years out into the wide world they are so institutionalised they wouldn't cope at all. But a 20 foot deep tank. Thats madness.

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