The world over is mourning the death of Lolita, Miami Seaquariam’s killer whale believed to be the oldest orca in captivity.
Plans were in motion to free 8,000-pound Lolita, also known as Tokitae, who had never lived with other orcas since her capture at 4 years old. Lolita, believed to be 57 years old, appeared to be suffering from a renal condition, NPR reported.
Lolita performed at the park twice a day for five decades until her retirement last year. Calls for her release had grown louder over the years and her mother reportedly still lives in Pacific Northwest waters.