Conservationists hope to reunite an orca with her family in the ocean after she was held in captive in a concrete tank for 50 years. Corky was caught off the coast of Canada in 1969 aged four and is now the oldest and longest held killer whale in the world. Marine biologists have found her brother Fife and sister Ripple still swim in the waters where she was captured. Scientists are creating a “retirement home” for her – a sea sanctuary so the family can be introduced, which will be a first. Resident orcas have the most closely bonded families on Earth, they are born into a pod they never leave until they die. Dr Paul Spong, co-founder of Orca Lab and who witnessed her capture in 1969, said: “For decades, Corky’s confinement has been the same, day after day. I have never given up hope of her coming back home. “Corky represents a chance for the marine entertainment industry to show that it can do the right thing. “Her family, including her brother and sister are alive and thriving in the ocean. “She has entertained millions of people and brought untold millions of dollars into SeaWorld’s coffers. “To enable… Read full this story
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