Group gathers in Oak Bay for whale’s release

A group of protesters gathered at Willows Beach to support Lolita, a killer whale being held in captivity at the Miami Seaquarium

A group of local whale-lovers brave the cold and drizzle at Willows Beach on Saturday to support Lolita

A group of local whale-lovers brave the cold and drizzle at Willows Beach on Saturday to support Lolita

A group of local whale-lovers brave the cold and drizzle at Willows Beach on Saturday to support Lolita, a southern resident killer whale being held in captivity at the Miami Seaquarium. Jan. 17 was a Lolita rally day in the U.S. and Canada, with groups on both sides of the border calling for her release. A plan has been devised involving a sanctuary bay on the San Juan Islands and possible eventual reintegration of Lolita into her family which swims off our shores. Anyone wanting to join the fight for Lolita’s release can get information at the Washington state-based Orca Network at orcanetwork.org/Lolita.