Corky, the longest-held orca in captivity
The Blackfish effect. It has happened to me. After watching the movie, I began researching articles, videos, books and found out about David Kirby, Naomi Rose, Ingrid Visser, Ric O'Barry, Lolita, Springer, Morgan, Luna, and then found Corky. Corky is a Northern resident, the longest-held orca in captivity (over 44 years), who had seven calves. The calves all died in 47 days or less. Heartbreaking. Literally ripped from her mother's side during her capture. Corky's story has had a profound impact on me, and I want to share her story.
Dr. Paul Spong of OrcaLab and his crew had a school bus and a banner and went on Corky's Freedom Bus tour through the U.S., Canada, and Europe about 15 years ago to raise awareness of Corky's plight and request her release from SeaWorld San Diego to her true home, the ocean. The bus was painted with Corky on one side and Lolita on the other side. The banner was created by children from all over the world, over 17,000 panels in all, and one and a half miles long.