His story begins in Vaughn Bay, 1968 in February. Around his capture time, he was about 4-6 years old. He was to be sold to the Miami Seaquarium. As soon as he was bought, he was loaded into a plane and ready to be shipped to the Miami Seaquarium. It took him 85 days to arrive. At that time, he was 13 feet and 1,800 pounds. He was first placed in a manatee pool which was named the celebrity pool. Hugo was way to big for this pool. His head would stick out of the water and his tail would curl under. Soon later, Lolita was bought for $6,000. Her tank was made and she was kept alone, but only hundreds of yards away from Hugo’s tank. The two were kept away because the unperienced trainers believed they would fight if brought together. The two orcas called to each and every night. It was decided to put the two of them together. They did fight at first but as time progressed, it died down. But it caused Hugo to become aggressive towards his trainers. Hugo and Lolita mated several times and this came to be a joy for the Miami Seaquarium. No calf was successful. One calf was a stillborn. Hugo died in March of 1980. This was due to the fact he had a brain aneurysm. Hugo had a history of repeatedly smashing his head against the walls. He even broke the viewing glass one time, cutting his nose, badly. The nose had to be stitched up. After he died, his body was discarded at the Miami local dump. There is no placard there for people to remember him. In fact, the Miami Seaquarium wants to forget that he even existed. Please, don’t support these kind of places.
Sign a petition to help the lone survivor of the wretched place. A small tank is no place for an Apex predator.
EDIT: It was actually 8 hours not 85 days. Stupid website.