Our Hearts Our Broken. Our beloved Toki has passed Away.

August 18, 2023

Over the last two days, Toki started exhibiting serious signs of discomfort, which her full Miami Seaquarium and Friends of Toki medical team began treating immediately and aggressively. Despite receiving the best possible medical care, she passed away Friday afternoon from what is believed to be a renal condition.

Toki was an inspiration to all who had the fortune to hear her story and especially to the Lummi nation that considered her family. Those of us who have had the honor and privilege to spend time with her will forever remember her beautiful spirit.

Toki (Lolita)

Toki is a Southern Resident Killer Whale who was captured from the waters in the Pacific Northwest when she was approximately four years old. Today, nearly 53 years later in a collaborative effort between Friends of Toki and the Miami Seaquarium, with the support of Jim Irsay, this unprecedented project to return Toki to her home waters in an ocean-based habitat is underway. 

Friends of Toki/Friends of Lolita

“It is a sacred privilege to share in the mission of caring for and bringing home Lolita, our beloved one,” said Pritam Singh, Co-Founder of Friends of Toki. “My thanks to all the team, particularly Eduardo Albor, Jim Irsay and Raynell Morris, for all their efforts and support.”

News & Updates

Necropsy Executive Summary

Necropsy Executive Summary October 05, 2023: Pathology Executive Summary. The Dolphin Company, Tokitae.  As animal age, degenerative...

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Key Findings

Veterinary Statement Key Findings from Necropsy.  Report of James McBain, DVM retired, and Stephanie Norman, DVM, PhD As members of her...

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Toki’s Conditioning Is Underway

Toki and Lii showing their activity levels during a play session.

Toki’s Health Updates

“Once she is conditioned by the great work that’s being done with the trainers, she’ll be ready.”

– Dr. Tom Reidarson, DVM, DACZM

Toki is being provided veterinary care by exceptional veterinarians brought in by Friends of Toki and the Miami Seaquarium to assess her health and provide daily care.  Monthly health and welfare assessments are shared with the public.