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Despite overwhelming evidence that orcas suffer in captivity and that the tide of public opinion has turned against marine mammal confinement, the Miami Seaquarium and Marineland Antibes in France continue to confine intelligent, sensitive orcas to tiny concrete tanks.
Lolita was torn away from her family and natural habitat in Washington's Puget Sound decades ago, along with dozens of other orcas who were later sold to marine parks. Nearly half a century later, she's the last surviving orca of the 45 who were captured and is still imprisoned by the Miami Seaquarium—in the smallest, oldest orca tank in North America—while the rest of her pod, including an orca believed to be her mother, swims freely. Lolita hasn't had any contact with another orca since 1980, when her tankmate, Hugo, died after repeatedly ramming his head into a wall.
Wikie, Inouk, Moana, and Keijo are trapped at Marineland Antibes, where at least 12 orcas have died since 1970, including two in 2015. Four months after his mother, Freya, died, a 19-year-old orca named Valentin was killed during severe flooding along with many other animals. At Marineland, orcas swim in repetitive patterns, vomit, chew on metal cage bars until they irreparably damage their teeth, and bang their heads against concrete walls.
You can help free Lolita, Wikie, Inouk, Moana, and Keijo by urging the parent company of the Miami Seaquarium and Marineland Antibes to retire them to a seaside sanctuary, where they could feel waves, hear wild pods, and finally have some semblance of a natural life. Use the form below to send an e-mail directly to the parks' parent company, Parques Reunidos.