PAST Southern Resident Killer Whales (Orcas) once traveled the Salish Sea in pods of hundreds. There have been thousands of factors that have influenced their longevity and survival. One of the greatest impacts has been forced capture and captivity.
Tokitae was stolen from the Salish Sea in the 1970’s and sold to Miami Sea Aquarium for $6000. There she was renamed Lolita and worked for 48 years in captivity. It is a miracle that she is alive after 48 years of captivity.
PRESENT Now, she is the last remaining Orca of 45 Killer Whale children who were once kidnapped from The Southern Resident Pods during the late 1960’s and 70’s.
Tokitae (Lolita) is the longest living Orca in captivity at 52 years old. It is said by spiritual elders that she is calling out for us to bring her home.
Students for the Salish Sea invites you to support the movement in bringing Tokitae home to her hereditary waters, in a large sea-pen at a site off of Orcas Island.
FUTURE If returned, Tokitae can re-acclimate to salt waters and eventually swim freely with her beautiful mother Ocean Sun (L25, 83 years old), and the rest of her L-Pod family who still live in the Salish Sea.
Upon her return Coast Salish Nations and leaders will gather to give her a proper Coast Salish name and welcome her home to the Salish Sea. The owners of the land she will return to is already growing her first meal and have a wild space set up for her to live out the rest of her days in peace.