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Free Lolita Update 108

Lolita Update #106
Monthly Protest Saturday, April 25
April21, 2009

Saturday, May 30, Noon to 2 PM in front of the Seaquarium

All are invited to express your concerns for Lolita's terrible living conditions and support her retirement plan to a protected bay pen in Washington on SATURDAY, May 30th in front of the Miami Seaquarium from 12 Noon until 2 PM . Every last Saturday of the month we'll have a protest, same time, same place. Please pass the word on to friends and family. And check out the new Lolita website at


Perchance to Dream

An animated short film by Lauren Kimball.

Miami Times says: "The film offers a new perspective in the life of Miami Sea Aquarium's star performer, Lolita the Killer Whale. Brutally taken from her family and home waters in Puget Sound, Washington and flown across the country to live in Miami, Lolita is expected to perform daily to an enthusiastic crowd; a crowd completely ignorant to the plight of her gentle spirit."

Lauren Kimball saw Lolita as a child, and the experience troubled her.

"To see her in these outdated conditions just broke my heart," she said.

Her film, "Perchance to Dream," is the stuff of which Lolita might dream -- freedom, the open oceans, interacting with other whales -- after audiences leave the aquarium each day. It gives the film audience a view of how Lolita sees the world from her small tank.

Kimball's combined passions led to international acclaim in March when she received the Golden Flamingo under the Viewers Choice Award category at the 2009 South Beach International Animation Film Festival in Miami. , Fla. It's the highest award audiences viewing films in the festival can bestow upon a contestant.

Kimball, 21, competed against veteran companies and directors in the animation industry, such as Aardman Animation Ltd., which has won Oscars for its animation work.

In mid-May, Perchance To Dream was shown at the short corner at the Cannes Film Festival in France . Also Perchance to Dream won, in addition to the Golden Flamingo, best animated short of the South Beach International Animation Festival.

When you come to the demo park in the FREE parking at the beach on the right hand side of the road before the Seaquarium, do NOT pay the Seaquarium to park. If you have any questions feel free to contact me at 412-983-0994. Thanks and I hope to see you Saturday!


Protest for Lolita's retirement in front of the Miami Seaquarium:

4400 Rickenbacker Causeway
Key Biscayne, FL 33149
(305) 361-5705

Directions from North:

Take I-95 South, Exit 1A (Miami Seaquarium), and follow the signs to Key Biscayne and Rickenbacker Causeway.

Directions from South:

Take US1 North, exit to right just before the on-ramp to I-95, and follow the signs to Key Biscayne and Rickenbacker Causeway.

Once on the Causeway you have to pay a toll ($1.50, I believe) so bring quarters. When driving to the Seaquarium on the Causeway you will see beaches on the right hand side of the road and parking is free, you should park at the beach on the right hand side of the road RIGHT BEFORE THE SEAQUARIUM. If you pass it you will see the entrance to the Seaquarium, just make a U-turn and then pull into the beach parking lot.

-If you get there early or need help finding parking, I'll be there just call me 412-983-0994.

Email Shelby Proie - - for more information on the demonstration.

Just in case I suggest that you bring a ziplock plastic bag and a garbage bag. This is in case it rains, we learned at the last protest that it sucks if you don't have a waterproof place to keep your cell phones, cameras, etc. The garbage bag would be for if you don't want your signs to get ruined.

-I SUGGEST that when making signs you make them on FOAM BOARD you can find it with the poster board everywhere, it's nice because it does not bend or tear with the wind and/or water, it is a little more expensive though. Trust me you'll thank me when you're done holding up signs for an hour and a half.


-Bring a water bottle and snacks it takes a lot out of you standing in the sun for an hour and a half, luckily the temperatures seem to be cooling down a bit so that will be nice : )

-Bring sunscreen and a hat if you don't want to get burnt, because you probably will if you don't.

-I also strongly suggest that you read the information about Lolita and her situation on (Lolita/captivity) if you haven't already. You have to be ready with correct information if the news reporters ask you something.

Let me know if you need any help!

-Please take as many pictures and videos of this as you can, and post them EVERYWHERE! WE need to get the word out.

I look forward to seeing all of you next Saturday, and want to thank you again for coming out and making a difference in such a beautiful animals life, I know that she'd thank you if she could! If you need anything or have any questions feel free to message or call me 412-983-0994.


Shelby, in collaboration with Orca Network, invites fellow Miami residents and media to come out and support Lolita's retirement. We hope to see Lolita transported to a bay pen in her native Pacific Northwest waters where she will be taken care of for the rest of her life unless she chooses to rejoin her pod that resides in the same waters most months of every year.

Four Pacific white-sided dolphins
now in the tank with Lolita

And two more could be on the way to join the crowd. The tank is only 35' by 80' by 20' deep, with a medical pool behind the platform that is only 12' deep.
Here's the first person report (the source shall remain anonymous to allow re-entry):
I went to the SQ today to hand out flyers and check on Lolita. They are now keeping her with 4 pacific white sided dolphins, the 2 that are normally there along with 2 that they are "borrowing" for breeding purposes. I couldn't get the attendant to tell me where the other 2 are from, but Lolita now has NO access to the medical pool because she doesn't get along with the 2 new dolphins. I also learned that another white-sided dolphin that is usually kept with her is removed because she is pregnant, but once she gives birth and is cleared she and the baby will also be held with Lolita, along with the other babies if they are conceived. That means their is a potential of having 6 dolphins in her tank with her within the next year. She seemed very somber today, though she came up to me again. I swear she knows what we are trying to do for her. The attendant also told me that Hugo (the young male orca captured in Puget Sound in 1968 who died in 1980) died of a brain tumor (cancer) and didn't commit suicide, I found that amusing because according to the MMIR (Marine Mammal Inventory Report), the cause of death is clearly noted as a "aneurysm cerebral artery." He also let us know that no hurricane preparation is taken by the SQ, so all the animals stay exactly where they are now in the event of a hurricane. I know we knew that but hearing it from an employee is sad.
White-sided dolphins tend to travel in groups of a hundred or more, and range for hundreds of miles in their natural habitats. Crowding four, or six, dolphins together in that tiny tank with Lolita is unethical and irresponsible for the dolphins and for Lolita. In the 1970's Hugo bashed his head against the wall of the tank several times. He broke the viewing window twice, once nearly slicing off the tip of his rostrum, which was stitched back in place.

Much is going on to help bring Lolita home and to inform and advocate for her and her family Please consider a tax-deductible contribution to help Orca Network continue this work by clicking HERE. Thank you!

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