New federal probe at Miami Seaquarium delays lease change; 3 more animal deaths reported
Lolita and the way the whale has been treated is part of an investigation by the U.S. Department of Agriculture citing the facility with animal welfare violations. - Walter Michot/Miami Herald/TNS

MIAMI — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is investigating the Miami Seaquarium after citing the aging facility for a number of serious animal welfare violations including feeding spoiled fish to Lolita, the park’s main attraction, and not keeping track of where animals were placed in different pools, which led to violent fights that contributed to the death of at least two dolphins last year. The new investigation, which was confirmed by Miami-Dade County and could take weeks, comes after a routine inspection in June detailed serious violations in a 17-page report listing “events of particul...