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The Walrus and the Whistleblower

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Phil Demers is an over 40-year-old part-time mailman who lives in a bungalow across the creek from MarineLand, the iconic amusement park in Niagara Falls, where he had his dream job as an animal trainer for over a decade. He swam with killer whales and ran the show, until he quit and blew the whistle, making claims of animal abuse and calling for an end to the near 60-year-old practice of keeping marine mammals in pools.

Known in the media as the @walruswhisperer, Demers has amassed 27,000 followers on Twitter, has appeared four times on the Joe Rogan show, has testified before the Canadian Senate, and is being sued for $1.5 million for plotting to steal Smooshi, the walrus. 

  • Year
    2019
  • Runtime
    1 hour 30 mins
  • Language
    English
  • Country
    Canada
  • Premiere
    Australian
  • Rating
    G - General
  • Director
    Nathalie Bibeau