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History of Violations in Miami Seaquarium

Lolita arrives

1970

Hugo dies

1980

Hurricane Irma

2017

Animal Deaths

2019-20

Seaquarium forced to close

2024

Hurricane Irma arrives

2017

In 2017 when Hurricane Irma arrived the seaquarium left the animals to fend for themselves and gave them no protection or shelter. This resulted in the death of a dolphin during the hurricane and a second death a few days after the hurricane.

Lolita arrives at the Miami Seaquarium

1970

In 1970, Lolita was captured in Penn Cove when she was three to six years old and was purchased by the seaquarium where she lived with another orca named Hugo.

Seaquarium is forced to shut down

2024

Miami-Dade County has forced the Miami Seaquarium to shut down in response to the multiple violations committed by the aquarium since its opening in 1955.

Hugo dies

1980

In 1980, Hugo the killer whale died of a brain aneurysm because of self-inflicted harm to the head after being held captive at the seaquarium for 12 years. This was the last time Lolita would ever see an orca in her life.

Multiple reported animal deaths

2019-2020

Throughout 2019 and 2020 several animals (mostly dolphins) were reported to have died due to various reasons such as death due to a companion or even getting caught in fencing.