Phil Demers | Smooshi The Walrus, Marine Parks, & Animal Intelligence | Jan. 27, 2020


Phil Demers is a former professional marine mammal trainer. He is best known for his relationship with a captive walrus named Smooshi that he imprinted on when she was young.

Their relationship garnered the attention of the mass media for its uniqueness. Demers left his position citing allegations of negligent treatment of the animals and unhealthy conditions. Since that time, he has dedicated himself to the release of Smooshi the walrus, and defending himself against the relentless legal battle from his previous employer.
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