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Eric Walters Report On Sealand Of The Pacific To The Keltie Byrne Inquest

Eric Walters Report On Sealand Of The Pacific To The Keltie Byrne Inquest

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After the death of Keltie Byrne, former Sealand orca trainer submitted to the public inquest this report on conditions and treatment of orcas at Sealand.
After the death of Keltie Byrne, former Sealand orca trainer submitted to the public inquest this report on conditions and treatment of orcas at Sealand.

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