Lolita, a beloved orca at the Miami Seaquarium set to be released into the ocean, has died

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Lolita, an orca whale who had lived in captivity at the Miami Seaquarium since 1970, died Friday afternoon, according to the facility.

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Lolita began exhibiting “serious signs of discomfort” over the past several days, according to an Instagram post from the Miami Seaquarium.

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After being treated “immediately and aggressively” by a medical team, she died from “what is believed to be a renal condition” on Friday afternoon, the aquarium said.

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“Toki was an inspiration to all who had the fortune to hear her story and especially to the Lummi nation that considered her family,” the post reads.

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“Those of us who have had the honor and privilege to spend time with her will forever remember her beautiful spirit.”

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The Lummi Nation is a Native American tribe based on the coast of Washington state and southern British Columbia, near the waters where Lolita was captured.

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The 57-year-old whale, sometimes called Toki and known as Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut by the Lummi people, was set to be released back into the ocean

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Advocates identified a natural sea pen off Washington state, including waters where members of Lolita’s family still swim

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Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said in a statement that locals were “profoundly saddened” to hear of Lolita’s passing.

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