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

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Corky | Paruula | CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 

She has spent the last 47 years in a concrete tank.

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SeaWorld San Diego 2010 | Martin Wippel | CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 

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


When she was captured in 1969, 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.

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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 held captive at SeaWorld San Diego and 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.

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Pod of Killer Whales | Rennett Stowe | CC by 2.0 

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.