August 8, 1970, Penn Cove, Whidbey Island, WA: Lolita (first called Tokitae) was caught during a particularly violent capture of orcas, where five whales drowned, including four babies.
September 24, 1970, Miami Seaquarium, Miami, FL: The young female, estimated to be 4-6 years old (and maybe younger) was permanently sentenced to a life of captivity.
January 15, 2015: After 44 years of performances, it’s time Lolita went home!
This weekend, join thousands of concerned individuals who believe in Freedom for Lolita! Everyone deserves a proper retirement, and Lolita is no different. After 44 years of being held a captive, it’s time Lolita was freed to live in peace!
“There is nothing natural about Lolita’s life. Every aspect of her life is controlled, manipulated. After a life of forced subservience, she is the perfect candidate to be retired in peace and dignity. Freedom doesn’t have an expiry date. Lolita deserves nothing more than to live out the rest of her life as nature intended, surrounded by family and embraced by the natural currents of the sea.” ~ Ric O’Barry
Here is a sampling of events in honor of Lolita’s freedom:
Thursday, January 15
- 5th Annual “Change for Taiji & Candle Vigil” Event – 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. EST, Consulate General of Japan in Miami – 80 SW 8th St., Suite 3200, Miami, Florida 33130 – Peaceful demonstration for captive and slaughtered dolphins
- 2 Year Extravaganza! – 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. EST, ArtHouse 429 – 429 25th St, West Palm Beach, FL 33407 – Fundraiser for Lolita
Saturday, January 17
- Miracle March for Lolita – 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. EST, Historic Virginia Key Beach Park, Miami, FL – March for Lolita
Dolphin Project will Live Stream from the March. Watch HERE
- Miami Seaquarium Protest – Shut It Down! – 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. EST, Miami Seaquarium – 4400 Rickenbacker Cswy, Key Biscayne, Florida 33149 – Peaceful demonstration
Light up the Night for Lolita – 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. EST, Ball & Chain – 1513 SW 8th St, Miami, Florida 33135 – Fundraiser for Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project and The Orca Network.
West Coast and London, England
Occupy Mirage Volcano – 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. PST, The Mirage Volcano – 3400 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, Nevada 89109 – Free the Mojave Dolphins demo.
The Carnival Demo March Against Taiji Slaughter and Captivity Trade – 11:00 a.m. London Time, Cavendish Square, London – Peaceful demonstration.