Sunday, December 13, 2009

Have A Heart SeaWorld, And Let Corky Go Home

Picture It is time to bring the captives home, read more on our Seattle P.I. blogsite!

Corky (Courtesy OrcaNetwork and OrcaLab)


  1. Does no one remember what happened when Keiko was released back into the wild? He sought out human interaction and died of pneumonia and starvation. He was lonely, depressed, and far too used to his lifestyle alongside humans to re-adapt to life in the wild! Do you really think that after 40+ years in human care that Corky will survive? Do you not realize that by "letting Corky go home" you are most likely dooming her to her premature death lonely in the wild? Corky is well cared for and extremely well loved where she is. Please, just think about what you're actually pushing for.

  2. As far as I know Corkeys family are still being monitored and she would be released back with her family. Keiko tried to be part of pods that weren't his blood relatives. Keikos release was one release which I don't think is enough support the idea to say that no orcas can ever be released into the wild again. Keiko actually put on an great amount of weight once released back into natural sea water for the first time in 14 years, and more than one orca has died of pneumonia in captivity. It's worth a shot if we plan to stop captive orcas for good.

  3. If you think keiko died from starvation, please do your research. He died from pneumonia like symptoms. Most likely derived from his long captivity life. He did live for 5 good years in the ocean before his death. At the time of Keiko's release, technology was not that well advanced and it was the first time a killer whale in captivity was ever released. Now we are in 2010 and there are people with far more knowledge that can do the job better. Keiko was a world model to make us human clear that they should belong where they belong. Corky will survive with human care through the process. Nature and their natural environment will heal them. We need to know what we did wrong 40 or 50 years ago and stop these captivity business.


Candace Calloway Whiting