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When Hurricane Irma set Florida in its sight, Governor Rick Scott warned 5.6 million Floridians to evacuate. When the Category 3 storm slammed down on the sunshine state, people flocked to safety whether it be a shelter, basement, or a closet. The point is that these people had a choice in whether to wait out the storm or to evacuate – but not everyone had the same choice.

Drone footage shared by Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project shows the reality that whales and dolphins in captivity have to face day in and day out. They don’t have the option to flee to safety, find their own food when they are hungry, or find comfort with their own families during scary situations.

It’s sad to imagine what Lolita, the whale in the video, must have been thinking and feeling as the storm raged all around her. The loud noises, fierce winds, and heavy waves of rain, all going on – with no one in sight to reassure her that everything would be ok. While smaller animals were able to be relocated, because of Lolita’s size, she was left to endure the storm on her own.

This is only one of many reasons why these majestic animals shouldn’t be doomed to live in tanks. To find out what life is really like for cetaceans in captivity like Lolita click here.

To learn more about Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project click here.

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0 comments on “Heartbreaking Video of Lolita in Miami Seaquarium After Hurricane Irma Shows Why These Animals Shouldn’t Be Kept in Captivity”

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Paul Rigby
8 Months Ago

They are literally right next to the sea. All they had to do was winch the whale out and release into the ocean. I blindly went to Seaworld years ago, not realising the cruelty. Wouldn\'t go ever again.

Barbara Chapman
8 Months Ago

It is always the same when these things happen, its a case of sod you animals I\'m alright.

8 Months Ago

How selfish can people be to let these innocent animals suffer a life of captivity just to enjoy a hour show. So sad :´(

Rosslyn Osborne
8 Months Ago

This is heart breaking as she would have dived deep down into the ocean with her pod for safety. She would have had food as well, not left alone hungry and confused. This should be outlawed... and we WILL keep fighting until she and her kind are released to an accredited sanctuary away from blood money humans.

8 Months Ago

Why does the video end so abruptly? It takes a long time to get to where we can see Tokitae, then writing suddenly obscures it and the video is over. Please try again.

8 Months Ago

I would never go to one of these shows. So horrible to hold these wild creatures captive. I wish we could rid the world of all of these shows for good.


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