Corky’s saddest day – December 11th 2008

December 11th marks the 39th anniversary of the capture of a family of northern resident orcas in Pender Harbour, British Columbia. The captured pod, known later as the A5s, was very nearly destroyed when six, half of the pod’s members, were forcibly removed and sent to various aquaria around the world. Corky, then just five […]

Corky’s saddest day – December 11th 2007

Incredibly, this December 11th marks the 38th anniversary of Corky’s capture in 1969.  We say “incredibly” for several reasons.  One is that Corky, who has held the record for captive orca longevity for decades, is still alive despite her circumstances.  Surrounded by concrete walls, shut off from every natural ocean sound, circling her tank around […]

Corky’s sad 37th anniversary – December 11th 2006

December 11th, 2006, is the 37th anniversary of the tragic day that Corky’s family, the A5 pod of the “northern resident” community of British Columbia orcas, passed through the narrow entrance of Pender Harbour during a fierce winter storm, and had their lives forever changed.  Perhaps the whales were seeking shelter or chasing fish, or […]

Springer’s 4th anniversary – July 14th 2006

Springer’s 4th anniversary July 14th, 2006 marks the 4th anniversary of Springer’s repatriation. The little orphan orca, who’s dramatic rescue and return to her family captivated the world in 2002, is now 6 years old and a fully functional member of her A4 pod and Northern Resident orca community. Springer was in her usual place […]

Corky has earned her retirement – December 10th 2005

Sunday, December 11, 2005, is the 36th anniversary of Corky’s capture in British Columbia, Canada. She is the longest surviving captive orca in the world. First at Marineland of the Pacific, and since 1987 at Sea World in San Diego, Corky’s life in captivity has been a story of survival and heartbreak. She has been […]

Corky’s 35 wasted years – December 11th 2004

Corky’s 35 wasted years Incredibly, it is now 35 years since the fateful night when Corky’s family, later to become known as the “A5 pod”, swam through the narrow entrance of British Columbia’s Pender Harbour and into the nets of waiting fishermen.   It was the beginning of a long, torturous journey for Corky.   […]

Corky begins 34th captive year – December 11th 2002

December 11 2002 marks the 33rd anniversary of the sad winter night Corky’s family entered Pender Harbour in British Columbia amidst a howling storm – perhaps the family was seeking shelter, perhaps they were seeking the 7 members who had gone missing in the same place the year before, or perhaps their entry was simply […]

Corky begins 33rd year in captivity – December 11th 2001

Hello everyone, Thirty two years ago today, Corky was swimming freely beside her mother Stripe in the midst of her family, the A23 matriline, and in the company of the three other families that make up the A5 pod of British Columbia. Unknown to any of them, the day would end in a storm and […]

The 31st anniversary of Corky’s capture – December 11th 2000

Hello everyone, Anniversaries of tragedy are always with us, but this seems to be the season for them. A month ago we remembered the dead of wars, a week ago the Montreal massacre, two days ago John Lennon’s assassination, and today – almost unbelievably – the 31st anniversary of Corky’s capture and the beginning of […]