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."
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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.