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August 09, 2020 - Times Colonist

50 years ago, sevens orcas were rounded up for marine parks. One is still alive

50 years ago, sevens orcas were rounded up for marine parks. One is still alive
Orca whale in captivityCredit: Salish Sea Marine Sancturary

It was a dark day for the southern resident killer whales.

On Aug. 8, 1970, 100 orcas were herded into Penn Cove off Whidbey Island, Washington, 50 kilometres southeast of Victoria. Seven were captured in nets and taken away to marine parks around the world. All were dead by 1987, except one: a female named Tokitae, later given the stage name Lolita at Miami Seaquarium where she is still performing shows today.

She was estimated to be four years old at the time of capture, making her 54 now.

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