Orca ‘Lolita’ at Miami facility to get endangered protection

February 5, 2015 1:05 AM

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SEATTLE (AP) — A captive killer whale that has been performing for decades at the Miami Seaquarium deserves the same protection as a small population of endangered orcas that spend time in Washington state waters, the federal government announced Wednesday.

But the National Marine Fisheries Service said the whale’s inclusion in the endangered listing for southern resident killer whales does not impact the animal’s stay at the Florida facility where she has been since 1970.

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