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Tokitae's Journey

From the Salish Sea to the Miami Seaquarium - and possibly back again. After a years-long fight, plans are finally coming together to bring Tokitae back home.

PJ Randhawa, Erica Zucco

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Published: 4:17 PM PDT May 23, 2023
Updated: 6:43 PM PDT May 26, 2023

For most of her life, Tokitae has lived in a concrete tank at the Miami Seaquarium. The Lummi Nation, activists and animal welfare advocates have been fighting for years to bring her back to the Salish Sea. 

At last - the aquarium where she currently resides has agreed to begin the process to send the last Southern Resident orca in captivity back to her native waters. 

KING 5's reporting tracks Tokitae's journey from her violent capture in the Salish Sea, to her decades at the Miami Seaquarium - and the efforts to bring her back again. 

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