When she was captured, Corky was a youngster learning how to be a grown-up orca. She lived with her family in the waters off British Columbia. One minute she was swimming next to her mother—and the next, she was trapped in a net.
Terrell C. Newby, Ph.D.
She would never see her mother again.
Corky was continuously pregnant from 1977 to 1986. She endured seven pregnancies, and none of her calves survived more than 46 days. Her last stillborn calf was found at the bottom of her holding tank.
She is confined to a tank smaller than an Olympic-sized swimming pool.
Of the 13 members of her pod who were captured in 1968 and 1969, she is the only one left alive.
But she could spend her senior years in a spacious sea pen in the ocean instead of a cramped tank.