|Two Pseudorca (false killer whales) Teri (L) & Hana (R). It it now known Teri was captured in Taiji, Japan, on 21 Feb 1983|
Cornell worked for SeaWorld from 1973 to 1987 and was later hired to be Keiko's veterinarian, an apparently opportunistic move considering his former employer, SeaWorld, continues to smear the Keiko reintroduction; an effort which transported an orca from Mexico to Oregon and finally to the sea, where he lived from 1998 until his death in 2003.
|Keiko gained thousands of pounds after moving to the ocean from Mexico|
After Keiko swam to Norway, Dr. Cornell reported, "His physical condition was robust & showed no sign of weight loss."
In a new twist involving Cornell, a paper trail from Kamogawa Sea World to Dr. Cornell at SeaWorld, demonstrates the process of how small cetaceans are moved through Kamogawa to other facilities like SeaWorld:
|No. 1 male is Teri, and No. 2 female is Suki who were moved from Taiji ultimately to San Diego|
|This letter reinforces that the animals were for SeaWorld, with "Yours Faithfully" as the closing|
|This diagram was included by SeaWorld in the agreement paperwork|
|This diagram was also shared with Kamogawa Sea World to show how the false killers would be moved to USA|
Like many secrets at the company, the trainers were kept in the dark regarding the brutal collections. Some were told the whales they worked alongside were "rescued." Just today, former trainer Samantha Berg commented:
"Makes me even sicker that I didn't know anything about Taiji or the drive fishery back then... "
As it turns out, Carol Ray, Samantha Berg, Dean Gomersall, and Jeffrey Ventre all worked directly with drive-hunt-whales at the Whale & Dolphin stadium in Orlando in the 1990's. These whales were Teri, Suki, Hana, Yaki & Zori, and all died young. Like belugas & killer whales, pseudorca do poorly in captivity at places like SeaWorld and the Georgia Aquarium.
|Ex trainer Jeffrey Ventre performs with Yaki, a whale captured in a drive hunt|
|Samantha Berg with Suki, a whale captured at Taiji, Japan in 1983|