Be Careful What You Wish For
Many people agree that history has a tendency to repeat itself. Different people with different names, locations, and dates change. Human morality seems to remain the same. Perhaps we can predict the future by looking at Marineland of the Pacific and how their corporate parent company disposed of the marine park and its employees in 1987. On January 20, 1987, as dusk fell, Marineland quietly drained the pool where Orky and Corky lived. Under floodlights Gaile Laule jumped into the tank for one last swim with the orca. According to Gaile in Nina Easton’s Los Angeles Times article “their agitation was palpable. A huge crane was moved into position and a stretcher was lowered into the tank. It was as if Orky knew what to do as the stretcher was placed beside him. Gaile tapped him on the head and he moved into position. Corky remained frantic as his partner of 18 years was loaded onto the stretcher. Corky attempted to throw herself into the stretcher to be with Orky. As Orky was lifted out of the pool, Laule reports that Corky screamed in desperation, a sound she had never heard before”.
“Prepare for the unknown by studying how others in the past have coped with the unforeseeable and the unpredictable.”August 20, 2014 4:43 PM CST This article has been modified from its original form to reflect more accurate data on the Southern Resident captures.
― George S. Patton