A billionaire philanthropist is backing a $20 million plan to release Tokitae the orca from her small enclosure in the Miami Seaquarium. The plan would involve loading the 8,000-pound killer whale on a plane, flying her across the U.S., and releasing her in a bay near Seattle. Indianapolis Colts CEO Jim Irsay said, “She’s healthy, I’ve got the money, let’s move her.” Tokitae, who is not strong enough to swim long distances or hunt on her own, would be transferred to a 15-acre netted area near the San Juan islands.
But that might be a long shot. Sports Reporter Heather Bosch joins Ursula Reutin and Andrew Lanier to talk about the plan in place to bring southern resident Tokitae home to the Salish Sea in the Pacific Northwest and her family.