Miami Seaquarium Food Truck Rally Serves Fish Tacos

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Lolita The Killer Whale
Flipper is dead. Actually, the six dolphins who played him are. But that hasn't stopped Miami Seaquarium from planning the Flipper's Truck Stop food truck rally for this Sunday, March 27. A dozen trucks are scheduled to be there, including seafood-centric Fish Box and Jefe's Original Fish Taco and Burger.

You know the Seaquarium. It's famous for mistreatment of the mammals in its care, especially Lolita the killer whale, who has been at the Miami marine park for about 40 years. Just a few weeks ago, rumors were spreading like tsunami waves that Lolita was dead. Turns out she had a bad tooth and went back to performing a few days later. But this incident was just the latest in a long history of suspected animal abuse that's all documented on the Free Lolita website of the Orca Network, a nonprofit organization designed to raise awareness about whales.

Andrew Hertz, general manager of Miami Seaquarium, says of the rally: "Nowhere else in Miami will guests be able to enjoy deep-fried sugar dough before interacting with stingrays and seeing breathtaking and educational marine mammal shows."

It sounds like Mr. Hertz isn't familiar with the trucks and the food they serve. If you're at a truck rally and have a hankering for something sweet, you'll find caramel/bacon cupcakes, guava cake pops, churros, and gelato but no "deep-fried sugar dough." Perhaps Mr. Hertz is confusing the food trucks with the local fair and Lolita with a guppy.

Food truckers constantly remind me how families love their rallies. It's true. Go to any food truck event and you'll see adorable kids, yappy dogs, and smiling faces. The food trucks are good for families. What's not good for a family (or a whale for that matter) is seeing large intelligent mammals held in captivity under duress. As they would say in The Godfather: Leave the Seaquarium; take the cannoli.

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4400 Rickenbacker Causeway, Key Biscayne, FL

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Holly Allen
Holly Allen

BRAVO! BOYCOTT SEAWORLD. WHALES & DOLPHINS ARE NOT SLAVES!!!

claudineerlandson
claudineerlandson

Why won't they let poor Lolita be free and come home where she belongs, in Puget Sound! She has paid her dues to Miami Aquarium! Have a heart people!

DJ Mikey Shanley
DJ Mikey Shanley

What a great article! I was a loyal Miami New Times fan before, but now I'm truly committed. Finally, the truth! While building on the sad but true idea displayed in this article, I wonder if there will be any vegetarian/vegan food available? Thank you so much for this wonderful and TRUE article. Please give Laine Doss a raise for having the truth inside and speaking it, and for having more guts than most! Bravo!

Laine Doss
Laine Doss

DJ Mikey - Almost all food trucks have vegetarian or vegan options. Obviously vegetarian is easier to find. A few that come to mind are the portobello burger at Latin Burger, CheeseMe and Ms. Cheezious grilled cheese options, Dim Ssam a Gogo's ginger brussels sprouts and sugar rush cupcakes.Thanks for the suggestion of a raise, BTW!

alina soto
alina soto

Great article!! Miami Seaquarium is a hell for all animals trapped there, the conditions are horrible. Lolita should be retired and go home free! Thanks!!

Carole May
Carole May

All Lolita is to Hertz is a possession. He has no compassion or he would do the right thing and let Lolita come back to us in Washington where her family resides every summer. Your article is so right on, I applauded when I finished reading it. Thank you, thank you, and Lolita, I am sure, thanks you!

Carole May"An Orca Named Lolita"

Anne
Anne

Too late. She has been living in captivity too long to survive on her own.

Sarah Teman
Sarah Teman

Don't make assumptions, research actual facts Anne. She would not be surviving on her own. She would be placed in a natural sea pen under human care and can come and go as she pleases. She doesn't deserve to be held prisoner for another year just like we wouldn't take you away from your family, Anne. Show some compassion.

Hunter Shaffer
Hunter Shaffer

She would be kept in a bay pen that already exists from the captures in the San Juan islands, if she decided to remain in human care, she could. Any wild animal can be rehabilitated.

Yak
Yak

Bravo to the writer and New Times for unmasking reality

Delfina
Delfina

Thank you for telling it like it is ;) We need that kind of honesty in journalism nowadays.

T.Duncan
T.Duncan

BRAVO! It needed said and the truth needed to be told! How sad that a food critic had to be the one with the balls to say it! (no offense, you're amazing!)

Killerwhales2010
Killerwhales2010

not a truck to send lolita back o her real home? what a shame =<

Rodrigo Tefel Tejedo
Rodrigo Tefel Tejedo

Wow. I couldn't of have said it better myself. Thanks Laine for trashing on the MSQ and giving a nice shout out to the Food Trucks, which I love. Its just sad that they are going over to the MSQ for this event. I just hope people eat their food but dont go into the park. Thank you!

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