'Free Lolita' Protest Planned For Miami Seaquarium

Protesters will gather outside of the Miami Seaquarium Tuesday, rallying for the release of Lolita, the famous orca whale who has been an attraction for nearly half a century.

The whale was captured 47 years ago along Washington state coast lines and has been on display at the Key Biscayne park ever since.

PETA activists will gather in front of the Seaquarium at 4400 Rickenbacker Causeway at 12 p.m. for 16,425 Days A Slave - pleading for Lolita's release into the ocean.

According to a Facebook group for the event, "thousands of letters [protesting Lolita's captivity] will be hand-delivered to Palace Entertainment, owners of the Miami Seaquarium." Organizers are asking attendees to wear black and white "in solidarity with Lolita and all orcas held in captivity."

Seaquarium officials have long said Lolita is well taken care of and has lived in captivity for so long that she wouldn’t survive out on her own.

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