The oldest killer whale in captivity may soon be returned to her home waters in the Pacific Northwest, more than 50 years after her capture.
Lolita, a 56-year-old orca, was the star attraction at the Miami Seaquarium in Florida for decades.
Animal welfare activists have spent years lobbying for her release.
On Thursday, the aquarium announced it will begin the process of returning the orca to her natural habitat in the next two years.
The Miami Seaquarium is partnering with the non-profit Friends of Lolita to send the whale back across the country.
Footing the bill for Lolita's relocation will be Jim Irsay, owner of NFL football team the Indianapolis Colts.
"I'm excited about being part of Lolita's journey," Mr Irsay said. "She is one tough creature. It's amazing. Ever since I was a little kid, I loved whales."
Lolita, also known by her original name Tokitae or Toki, is a female Southern Resident killer whale.
These orcas live exclusively in the North Pacific Ocean and spend several months of the year in Washington State's Puget Sound, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
This special population of orcas were deemed an endangered species in 2005, due in part to captivity programmes that hunted the animals throughout the 1970s, when Lolita was captured.