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    I went for a 7th grade field trip and ended up crying.Lolita, the only whale at Miami Seaquarium, is being held in a tank smaller than the minimum government requirement for holding an orca. I never realized how small the tank actually was until I was right in front of it. This is not a suitable home for an animal that swims 100 miles a day in the wild. After I saw the horrific prison she was being kept in, I decided to do some more research. I discovered that Lolita was kidnapped from her family during a disgusting operation called the Penn Cove Roundups. She was shipped to MSA and put in a tank with another killer whale named Hugo. They performed together for about 10 years until Hugo committed suicide by repeatedly smashing his rostrum into the tank walls. PLEASE do more research before you think about going to Miami Seaquarium. I sure wish I never visited.Killer whales are highly-intelligent and emotional apex predators. They belong in the never-ending ocean with their families. Not in a concrete prison where they have to do little tricks for food. It’s simply inhumane and unethical. You don’t love the animal when you come here. You just love being close to her.

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    If you have been to Sea World, you will be VERY disappointed in this attraction. Live shows last about 15 minutes; minimal shade areas; many indoor aquarium attractions were not labelled. Thankfully for my brilliant teenage sons, they recalled many of the attractions from their Life Sciences courses and made a game of it. But, if you were hoping to enjoy and learn new things about marine life, it most likely will not happen here. We purchased a multi-attraction ticket and fortunately immensely enjoyed the Lion Country Safari attraction in West Palm Beach.

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    It’s interesting to see all the outrage from people who claim to have visited but when you look closer, they are simply animal rights “activists” who act like religious zealots spouting their extremist talking points. Most of these whack-jobs write and post nasty things about any and every zoo, seaquarium, etc… These are the people who ride around in boats willing to maim and potentially kill human beings in order to save whales (apparently whales are of “higher order”). These are the people who sacrifice life and limb to free a baby pig from genetic testing while applauding all the baby humans who get slaughtered because they are inconvenient. I agree that we can all learn to be better conservationists but this outrageous extremism needs to be put in it’s place.

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    Regardless of the animal rights issue the seaquarium is simply poor value. It looks like it was built in the 50’s and hasn’t really had anything done to it since. Many of the features were closed , very few shady areas and the catering was truly the worst we have ever experienced. Finally I couldn’t believe they charge $8 dollars to park on top of an already high entry fee. As someone else said if you have been to Sea World you will be disappointed.

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    I disagree with keeping an orca isolated in a tank so small. It is illegal and so cruel. Lolita has been alone in captivity for over 40 years and hasnt seen another whale in 30, why would people think that watching an abused animal perform a repetitive show is entertainment? I would never visit seaquarium, the people who condone these inhumane conditions are also the people who would still visit seaquarium, showing the owners that there is still reason to keep lolita trapped.