I just read some of her posts. She’s not even a trainer, she’s an intern. Get me a real source.
She is the source. She said the same thing to me aswell. She is not a intern she is an associate trainer. She was paid to fix Corky’s breakfast, dinner and lunch everyday, from the past May to the past September, she knows exactly what corky is consuming and I can assure you it’s not medication to treat Kidney illnesses. She even visited on Thursday for a research project and Corky is doing just fine as she was backstage doing exactly what she did last summer.
She even went on to say that Corky is the healthiest whale at SeaWorld of San Diego, she always has been and she always will be. Isn’t that funny because she is the one with the blind eye. But nope, while the others may get little colds and infections here and there, Corky has proven to be constant in all health/medical examinations.
I don’t mean to sound like a giant pain in the butt, but unless you want to walk into SeaWorld of San Diego and have a trainer being corky over and you can examine her for yourself, this the best you’re going to get for a source. You cannot always believe what you read on the internet.
I’m sure she’d be happy to answer any questions about Corky, as that’s who she spent most of her time with last summer. Shoot her a message at meladejo5.tumblr.com :)
Corky is FAR from the healthiest whale in San Diego. I’m glad you noted that it’s funny she said that, but you’re really suppressing your instincts about that lie, if you believe its true. In the SeaWorld orca profile for Corky it describes her as having “some ‘rakes’ on peduncle area and many round blemishes… Clouded right eye - visual limitations. Worn teeth on lower and upper jaw, MANY DECAYED AND DISCOLORED…” then it starts to describe her vomiting behavior, “regurgitate her food in response to boredom, confusion, avoidance.”
John Hargrove has stated that Corky is chronically ill and chronically medicated.
Just the treatment she has to endure because her teeth are so bad, that alone rules her out of the healthy category.
How are you ignoring all of these official and on the record statements and facts, in favor of someone on the anonymous internet telling you, “I’m a trainer and Corky’s the healthiest whale in San Diego!”?
She’s just proved that she’s not a legitimate or reliable source.
But thank you for your message, I appreciate the earnestness it was given in.
Hah thanks but I’ve listened to Hargrove, and have read her profile multiple times.
Are you suggesting that since my grandfather is missing some teeth and has some scars he is unhealthy? Yeah, those do not determine health problems, those suggest that she was involved in certain behaviour and conflict in her passed.
If my uncle were to vomit because he was scared of a roller coaster does that suggest he is physically unhealthy. No his fear triggered that. If Corky’s confused that doesn’t suggest she is physically unhealthy. The confusion triggered that behaviour. Some people vomit due to anxiety, some people vomit when having fun. That doesn’t suggest she is physically unhealthy.
Blind people can do everything, once again, not physically unhealthy (impaired but not unhealthy). Not to mention she has another fully functioning eye, plus her echolocation.
You do realize that John Hargrove hasn’t worked with Corky since 2009. So his word is only applicable/credible to 2009. Where as someone who worked 4 years later can say otherwise. If she did have a kidney illness clearly she’s doing much better.
If corky was physically sick it would say so in her profile just like it states all that other stuff about her.
A trainer who has worked with this animal recently and actually could have gave her any medication to this animal if needed. Yeah I think I’ll believe her. :)
The orca drilling is horrible because when humans have root canals the drilled holes are filled. Orca drilling is only half a root canal procedure, as the teeth are never filled and wounds are left open and exposed. They do this because no epoxy or filling can withstand the saltwater and force it would be subjected too in an orca’s mouth. These holes are perpetual open wounds. They must then be flushed with a betadine solution to prevent infections. Now, if your grandfathers mouth was filled with half root canals and open wounds that had to be treated three times daily with a betadine solution, then, yes I would definitely call him unhealthy.
These teeth issues are so bad that SeaWorld trainers are forbidden to discuss them with the public.
Aren’t you the one doing a SW Orca tooth survey?
The drilling is terrible, but the alternative to drilling is perpetual tooth pain from exposed root pulps. Kiska at Marineland Canada is a very good example of this. She’s one orca that’s been heavily medicated her entire life, and MarineLand is suing her former trainer for exposing this and other details about the conditions of her life in captivity.
The orca profiles aren’t a medical record, I would love to see Corkys medical record. But SeaWorld would never publicly release that information for any of it’s whales, because that would just seal the nail on their coffin.
Corky vomits when she’s bored, whens she’s anxious, when there’s a long pause… Read the profile, it’s not just because she’s anxious. Does your uncle vomit when he’s bored? Does your uncle vomit because there’s a long pause?
People who do that have a health and or mental problems. (http://www.patient.co.uk/doctor/persistent-nausea-or-vomiting.)
You’re choosing to only believe and accept what fits with your desires. That’s selfishness.
Actually, SWC doesn’t do interns. I was a seasonal associate trainer, and if you’d like, I can show you my pay stubs from the summer. You’re using differentiating characteristics of Corky and labeling them as health issues. For example, “some ‘rakes’ on peduncle area” does not classify as a health issue. People have scars on their bodies and no one claims that as unhealthy. Also, a clouded right eye can be classified as a health issue, if it’s causing the animal harm in any way or causes them pain. Corky manages just fine and appears to have no issues maneuvering around or interacting in her environment. In fact, at the Navy where I am currently doing an advanced research internship, we have two blind dolphins and you would never even know it, aside from not being able to give them visual signals. They can echolocate and get around just fine. Worn teeth can also be considered a health issue for the same reasoning, however, I never saw Corky have an issue with her teeth. Also, SeaWorld trainers are not forbidden to discuss teeth issues with the public. There were multiple times over the summer where trainers were asked by guests why some of them had teeth that look the way they do and they explained everything about the drilling and why they have to drill. They didn’t give them some bullshit answer or tell them that they weren’t allowed to discuss it. That would make zero sense for the guests to be able to see a whale’s teeth and then say that the trainers are forbidden to discuss teeth issues with the public. There’s just no logic to a statement like that.
The only animal I saw who received medication over the summer was Orkid, and she’s known for being prone to bacterial infections around the same time every year. The trainers caught the early signs of it (not opening her mouth all the way, sinking and sitting at the bottom of the pool) and gave her Augmentin, a common antibiotic, and an anti-fungal medicine to counter any side effects from the antibiotics. As an associate trainer you are responsible for picking up vitamins and any medication at the end of the day from the vet lab, and bringing it to the Shamu fish house so it will be there in the morning. So if Corky was receiving any medication, I would definitely know about it. How could the trainers even lie to me when I’m the one responsible for picking up the medication? I just talked about Orkid getting medication so why would I even try to lie about Corky not being medicated?
All animals, wild or captive, regurgitate. It’s a self reinforcing behavior and a survival mechanism for wild counterparts. All the whales at SWC have been observed regurging for one reason or another. However, Corky and Kasatka do it the least, if ever. Boredom, confusion, and avoidance are all very rarely occurring events with the whales at SWC. Obviously the point of the profiles is to list EVERYTHING that happens, no matter how big or small the event was, so the history of the animal is well known by the trainers. Also, I’d like to point out that I never said Corky has never, ever been sick in her entire life like you’re making it out to be. I simply stated that she is not on any medication and was one of the healthiest whales while I was an associate trainer. I was also there last week for the hearing studies being done with the killer whales and Corky was a participant, and she looked amazing and very healthy. Regardless of whether you see me as a reliable source or not, Corky is not on any medication for her kidneys, or anything else for that matter.