Dolphin Drowns, Other Animals Die From Trauma: PETA Exposes the Miami Seaquarium

Published by Danny Prater.

Records just released from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and obtained by PETA reveal that there were six animal deaths at the Miami Seaquarium in 2019 and 2020. Among the animals who died at Miami Seaquarium were the following:

  • Two bottlenose dolphins and a sea lion, all of whom died from trauma-related causes—including injuries to the head and neck with hemorrhaging
  • A dolphin who drowned after getting caught in a net

PETA is calling on the Miami Seaquarium to send the remaining dolphins it imprisons—including the lone orca Lolita—to seaside sanctuaries before another tragedy strikes. We’re also asking the park to release full necropsy reports and any relevant behavioral records to the public. In addition, PETA has requested additional records from the U.S. Department of Agriculture—which has not cited the Miami Seaquarium over the deaths, even though NOAA alerted the agency to the pattern of trauma-related fatalities.

dolphin and other animal deaths at miami seaquarium exposed by PETA

“Three dolphins endured horrific deaths at the Miami Seaquarium in just over a year, and the public deserves answers. Before another animal there dies in a small tank, PETA is calling on the Miami Seaquarium to set in motion plans to send Lolita the orca and the other remaining dolphins to seaside sanctuaries.”

—Jared Goodman, PETA Foundation Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for Animal Law

The Miami Seaquarium has a history of animal welfare issues, including its treatment of Lolita, who has been confined to a small, shallow, barren concrete tank for the past five decades, with no fellow orcas for more than 40 years. She displays repetitive and abnormal behavior, which, according to marine mammal experts, indicates severe psychological trauma.

Lolita at the Miami Seaquarium. She has her head above the water and her mouth is open.

Don’t be fooled by what resembles a smile—at the Miami Seaquarium, Lolita has been living a nightmare for five decades.

What You Can Do for Animals Stuck at the Miami Seaquarium

Please join PETA in asking the Miami-Dade state attorney to investigate the Miami Seaquarium for cruelty to animals.

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