A Pacific white sided dolphin named Li'i, who was a companion to Tokitae (also known as Lolita) the orca whale at the Miami Seaquarium, has been moved to a new home.
Li'i, who shared a tank with with Tokitae until her death in August will now be kept at the SeaWorld park in San Antonio in the US state of Texas. Other Pacific white-sided dolphins are also kept there, two of them were at the Miami Seaquarium together with Li'i in the past.
Li'i is about 40 years old and he was caught off the coast of California in 1988 before spending the last 35 years at Miami Seaquarium.
While transporting Li'i to SeaWorld is not an ideal solution, at least slightly better conditions awaited him there. The Miami Seaquarium is in very poor condition and Li‘i was the very last individual that had to endure this tiny, featureless tank. However, dolphins continue to be held in other areas of the park.
Sanctuaries offer the chance to rehabilitate captive whales and dolphins into natural environments around the world, and end the cruel practice of keeping them in tanks for ‘entertainment’.
WDC helped to establish the world’s first beluga whale sanctuary in Iceland with The SEA LIFE Trust and is working in partnership with other sanctuary projects.