VIRGINIA KEY, FLA. (WSVN) - Protesters gathered outside the Miami Seaquarium to demand action on behalf of a beloved killer whale.

The group Shut Down Palace organized Saturday’s demonstration to call for the release of Lolita. They are asking that the orca be moved to a sea pen or returned to the open waters of the Pacific Northwest.

Lolita has lived at the Seaquarium since 1970, when she was captured along with several other orcas.

The Miami Seaquarium responded to the protest in a statement that reads in part: “It would be reckless and cruel to jeopardize Lolita’s health and safety by moving her from her home of 46 years. Miami Seaquarium is not willing to experiment with her life in order to appease a fringe group. These individuals will never be satisfied with the care she receives. Lolita is part of the Miami Seaquarium family and is as active and healthy as ever.”

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