Toki has suffered from chronic illnesses, including a recent severe respiratory infection. She does not do well with change.
There is only one other time when a whale was moved from human care to the ocean, and he was never able to adjust. He died shortly after release.
Even if funding is sufficient, there are many regulatory roadblocks. NOAA has listed concerns about a sea pen move in their Toki FAQ
We oppose the appropriation of Toki as a symbol for animal liberation. We all care for Toki, and we should be acting in her best interest.
We are Toki’s current and former trainers, veterinarians and caretakers, with over 350 collective years of experience. The Miami Seaquarium recently announced a plan to bring her to a sea pen and possibly release her. We believe that this plan will be detrimental to Toki's welfare. On this site, you will find our key points, media coverage, and ways you can get involved.
In the News
Miami Local10 News
“Lolita’s been exposed to numerous pathogens in captivity that her resident pod, already in a precarious situation, may not have immunity to, like morbillivirus, which was believed to be spread from dogs, to sea lions to seals and then onto other marine mammals."