After 35 years under the care of Miami Seaquarium, a Pacific white-sided dolphin named Li’i, who shared a tank with Lolita the orca, has found a new home.
Following Lolita’s death in August, questions were raised about Li’i’s home, but Miami Seaquarium said Monday that the dolphin was successfully moved to SeaWorld in San Antonio, Texas. There, the 40-year-old dolphin will live with peers of the same species, some of whom he lived with previously.
“The transfer procedures successfully took place on Sunday September 24th. Veterinarians and trainers from both Miami Seaquarium and SeaWorld carried out the moving process according to international procedures,” the company said in a statement, adding that a trainer accompanied him in the adaptation process.
In a Facebook post, SeaWorld San Antonio said they are “happy to welcome a new member to our SeaWorld family.”
“SeaWorld San Antonio is one of only two places in the United States to care for his species, and our veterinary team is experienced with caring for older animals like Li’i and can provide a custom care regimen that will be in his best interest,” the post reads.
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Pacific white-sided dolphins can live more than 40 years. They are known for the distinct coloring that give them their name and are playful and highly social marine mammals.
SeaWorld says Li’i will receive “world class care based on accredited zoological standards for the remainder of his life.”