The PSA from Underdog Entertainment
, is one more step in the fight to save Lolita, an orca originally named Tokitae.
Captured at Whidbey Island, Washington in 1970, Lolita was just four years old at capture, one of the first whales in a roundup that delivered orca for display in marine parks between 1965 and 1973.
Today, Lolita is the last surviving orca of about 45 members of the Southern Resident community who underwent a brutal capture that saw several other orca perish. For the past 42 years, she has resided in a 35-foot tank (many say illegally-sized tank) at Miami Seaquarium in Florida.
The Orca Network
, who Digital Journal first caught up
with last August, have been campaigning since 1995 to have Lolita retired. The conservation group even proposed a plan
to retire Lolita to a transitional ocean sanctuary in her native habitat in the Pacific Northwest.
Lolita has not seen another orca in more than 30 years said the Orca Network. Her once companion orca, Hugo, died after repeatedly hitting his head
against the tank walls.
Several groups have taken up the effort to free Lolita and return her to her family. The Facebook group: Freedom for Lolita
for example, says the orca "still speaks the dialect of her family, L pod, who are waiting for her return to the Pacific Northwest."
With the production of the new PSA, Save Lolita.org
hopes to advance Tokitae's case in the court of public opinion.
The orca's graphic capture by a team using speedboats, airplanes and even explosives, can be seen in the video below.