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46 Years in a Concrete Tank

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Posted December 31, 2015 by Kim Johnson

Corky has suffered in captivity longer than any other wild-caught orca.

She has spent the last 46 years in a concrete tank.

 She is reportedly blind in her left eye, and her upper and lower teeth are worn and decayed.

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.

corky seaworld 4Terrell 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.corky seaworld 5

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.

Together we can help! Urge SeaWorld to develop safe ocean sanctuaries for marine life, never go to any SeaWorld park, and share Corky’s story with your friends and family. 

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  • 697 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    WHY HASN’T CORKY BEEN FREED HOW MUCH MORE SUFFERING HAS SHE TO ENDURE BEFORE SOMEONE TAKES HER AWAY AND SETS HER FREE?

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      693 days ago

      VN:F [1.9.22_1171]

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      Passion from people like you will help to free her and other orcas living at marine parks. Thank you for standing up for animals! <3

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