Lolita incarcerated at the Miami Seaquarium
Photo credit: Miami Seaquarium
From KOMO-TV 4 (ABC) in Seattle:
“There are new developments in the decades-long battle over whether Lolita the killer whale, still at Miami Seaquarium, will be returned to her home waters near Seattle. Activists believe, while still a long shot, these developments present the best chance in 40 years to achieve their goal.”
“Among the developments, Lolita will likely get protections under the Endangered Species Act; a new company with less reliance on Orca shows will complete its purchase of Seaquarium in mid-May; and celebrities are speaking out about Lolita’s plight including Seattle natives Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart.”
Read more from the Orca Network.
I personally knew Arthur Hertz, CEO of Wometco Enterprises, which is selling the 58-year-old Miami Seaquarium attraction to Palace Entertainment, a California-based subsidiary of a Spanish parks operator. I interacted with Mr. Hertz when I was University of Miami (FL) Football Manager from 1972-1978 and when I was an executive with Eastern Airlines based in Miami in 1977-1978 and can attest Mr. Hertz was one of the finest and most dedicated civic leaders in South Florida. Hertz was a former chair of the Orange Bowl Committee, a senior trustee at the University of Miami (FL), a longtime leader of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, and a onetime board member of the Jackson Health System.
Mr. Hertz’s company Wometco Enterprises owned Florida’s first television station WTVJ – Channel 4, which at the time I knew Hertz & Wometco in the ’70’s, was a CBS affiliate. Wometco sold their TV stations including WTVJ, which is now NBC-owned and broadcasts on Channel 6.