Magazine article Earth Island Journal

Free Corky!

Magazine article Earth Island Journal

Free Corky!

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The wind came up early and brew hard at Marina Green along San Francisco Bay May 22, as members of the Free Corky Banner Caravan [aid out the world's longest banner, more than a mite long. It was made of patches, mostly by kids, supporting freedom for Corky, one of the orcas that prays "Shamu" at Sea World in San Diego. Thursday's Child, the famous 60-foot ocean racer newly acquired and refitted by skipper Michael Reppy in association with Earth Island Institute's International Marine Mammal Project, sailed by in' support of Corky. The blustery weather kept the crowd down, but orca researcher Paul Spong, Earth Island's Mark Berman, and Suzanne Roy of In Defense of Animals made speeches. Country Joe McDonald sang whale and freedom songs.

The Free Corky caravan, a funky old "whale-painted" bus, is carrying the banner to Orca Lab, Paul Sponge's orca research facility in Johnston Straits, British Columbia, where Corky's mother and pod return every year. …

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