GREENSBORO, N.C. – A small group of protesters gathered in Greensboro to call for the release of a killer whale from the Miami Seaquarium.
The rally outside of Wet n’ Wild on Saturday was one of several events nationwide calling for the release of Lolita.
Lolita lives at Miami Seaquarium in a small whale tank and was captured 46 years ago, according to Shut Down Palace, the group that organized the rallies.
“Orca Network has an amazing retirement plan in place for her that would allow her to safely retired,” said Shut Down Palace President Wendy King. “Lolita is suffering at the Miami Seaquarium, they are literally killing her with captivity. Recent testimony that was released confirms it.”
The Seaquarium responded to the national movement to free Lolita by saying, in part, that it would jeopardize the whale’s health by moving her. The Seaquarium also said the protesters will never be satisfied with the care the whale gets, according to 7 News Miami.
King said Lolita is playing the part of a “circus clown” and none of what people see at the Seaquarium is real. She said Lolita has a mother and family waiting for her in her true home, the ocean.