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Senior Issue 2024
June 5, 2024

Lolita, Miami Seaquarium orca, dead at 57

Death comes months after plan to relocate whale was announced.
Via Miami Seaquarium
Toki, also known as Lolita, the whale.

Toki, more commonly known as Lolita, the 57-year-old orca at the Miami Seaquarium, died Friday afternoon, months after the public was told she would be relocated in 18-24 months.

According to an Instagram post by the Miami Seaquarium,, had been exhibiting “extreme signs of discomfort” in the days leading up to her death. Her death was “believed to be a renal condition,” as reported by the Miami Seaquarium.

“Alongside the many Miamians who grew up visiting her, the generations of activists around the world that were inspired by her story, and the caretakers who remained dedicated to her health until the very end,” Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said in a written statement, “Today, we say our final goodbye to our beloved Toki.”


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Kamilah Gurdián
Kamilah Gurdián, Editor in Chief
Kamilah Gurdián is a senior at MAST Academy. As of 2023, she is starting her third year as a student at MAST at the age of 17. She used to attend iPrep Academy North during her freshmen year, but wanted to attend MAST since she was in Grade 5. Along with her, her younger brother who’s in Grade 7 attends MAST as well. She a first-generation immigrant in America and her mom is from Colombia and her dad is from Nicaragua. She is interested in math as a future career and takes multiple math classes.
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