Smooshi is a wild-captured pacific walrus. Marineland of Canada Inc. acquired her at 18 months of age from Russia in 2004. From the beginning, health concerns challenged Smooshi’s transition into captivity.
During a traumatic medical procedure, it is said that marine mammal trainer Philip Demers imprinted on Smooshi. This caused her to believe he was, in essence, her mother.
Their relationship garnered the attention of such television programs as CBC’s The National, Inside Edition, and Jimmy Kimmel Live!. Demers left his position at Marineland citing allegations of negligent treatment of the animals and unhealthy conditions.
She is believed to be living in a warehouse at the park .