See this is one case where captivity actually did something of value, the rehabilitation of a sick animal who would’ve died otherwise. Pressing for rehab and release should always be the goal in mind if at all possible, not mindless entertainment with noodle thin educational value. Animals deemed unfit for release should have a place to life out their life in PEACE under vigilant wildlife staff, not before a screaming crowd. It’s sad extremists are the possible cause of her demise, luckily there are far more sturdy materials now adays for animals like Lolita to safely rehabilitate in without the risk of premature release caused by extremist intervention. She was a gorgeous girl, RIP Miracle.
Miracle [the baby killer whale]
In 1977, a young female Southern or Northern Resident orca was found in Menzies Bay, British Columbia Canada. None of her pod members were to be seen, and she looked distressed and like she was heading for disaster. She didn’t hesitate to accept fish from people. On August 8, sixth days after she had been spotted the Vancouver Aquarium contacted Sealand of the Pacific and decided she needed to be taken into captivity, as she was bleeding and covered with parasites and had a good chance of dying if left alone. She even had bullet wounds, and cut from propellers on her. Despite what indicated negative interactions with humans, she was a very trusting animal with the staff at Sealand, and thrived under their care and attention. Due to all of those factors, she was named Miracle. Her health proved to be even worse than previously thought when she was examined by vets. She had ulcers, and many infections, and would often sink to the bottom of the pen and stay there for many minutes at a time. At one point in time, her heart actually stopped beating and she was clinically dead but she came back. and survived. Eventually, Miracle improved and was a relatively healthy whale. She got along well with Sealands other orca, Haida and performed daily with him. She grew very large, and almost reached sexual maturity, but died suddenly in 1982.
Miracle died when she was only 7 years old, after 6 years in captivity. She drowned, but it was never confirmed how, though it is very likely some divers tried to free her by cutting a hole in her net, and she got tangled up while swimming out. This could be why Sealand later installed the holding tank for their Icelandic whales, to prevent a similar accident.
Miracle was loved by many, and she is one special case where captivity saved her, and gave her six extra years of life.
There is a documentary about her called “Who Killed Miracle?” x