Or the "Whale Puddle" as we lovingly refer to it
here at the Miami Seaquarium. Believe it or not, Lolita's
concrete chlorinated pool doesn't even meet government minimum
standards (which is dismally insufficient in the first place).
And the public can't do anything about it. We know, because
Regulations: 9 C.F.R.
Sec. 3.104 - Space Requirements -
The primary enclosure for a Killer whale (Orcinus orca)
must have a minimum horizontal dimension of no less
than 48 ft. in either direction with a straight line
of travel across the center.
to the Animal Welfare
Act and APHIS, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection
Service, the primary enclosure for a whale Lolita's size
must be a minimum of 48 feet wide in either direction with
a straight line of travel across the middle. Lolita's tank
is a mere 35 feet from the front wall to the slide out barrier.
At its deepest point in the center the tank is only 20 feet
1995 the Humane Society of the United States filed a formal
complaint against the Seaquarium regarding the substandard
size of Lolita's tank. Luckily, The Animal Plant and Health
Service (APHIS) turned a cold shoulder.
Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) should be called the
Marine Mammal PARK Protection Act, because that's who it
protects." ~Cetacean specialist Ric O'Barry.
Seaquarium has been promising the public a new larger
tank for Lolita since 1978 - That's 25 years.
Here's the model we've been dragging around for twenty
years according to former dolphin trainer Russ Rector.
We use it from time to time to quiet the critics.