By Linda M. Potter
She’s been called “The New World Indiana Jones.” She’s honored and pleased by that. As well she should be; she’s earned the title. After all, Patricia Cori has travelled the globe for over 25 years studying indigenous cultures and seeking out higher dimensions of knowing. She’s explored the tombs of Egypt, the pyramids of the Mayans, and participated in sacred ceremonies atop the Andes.
Her twelve non-fiction books, including her 2011 best-seller, Before We Leave You: Messages from the Great Whales and the Dolphin Beings, have covered everything from ancient cultures to extraterrestrials. To say she’s a colorful personality would be an understatement.
In her newest book, The Emissary, Cori has ventured into the world of fiction, penning a novel so compelling that it was optioned as a motion picture before it even got into print. An epic, page-turning ocean adventure set in the Pacific Northwest, the book is a call for action to save the Cetacean Nation and advance the consciousness of the planet.
I had a chance to speak with Patricia from her home in Italy. It was a high energy conversation with a woman who knows who she is and what she’s here to do. Her commitment to what she believes is inspiring, and her passion for life is absolutely contagious.
Linda M. Potter: I’m intrigued by the “Indiana Jones” comparisons you’ve attracted. Do you think they’re accurate?
Patricia Cori: Well, it’s a fun title! It has a lot to do with the fact that I travel all around the world. I’m Italian American and I was born to a mother who was a great adventurer. As a young woman, I was already following her life plan. I was interested in foreign languages and various cultures. I discovered so much outside the American mindset of a career/family/workaholic life. I finally settled in Italy where I now live.
LMP: Your early books indicate you have a wide variety of interests ranging from spirituality to extraterrestrial life. How does that all fit in to what you’re doing now?
PC: I am very intrigued by UFOs and ETs. I’m intrigued by anything alternative to the status quo. I have been a clairvoyant all my life, so I look at things a little differently than many people. I believe that I’ve been picking up information from another dimension for years. My early books are about that. I like to avoid the word ‘channeling’, but for 14 years I’ve been bringing through some pretty other-worldly information. And what’s really exciting is that the prophetic information I was getting when I published my first book in 1998 has either come to pass or is being unveiled now.
LMP: Your book was just released in March of this year, but I hear it’s already been optioned for a movie. How did that all come about?
PC: It’s a very interesting story! I woke up one morning and thought, I’m going to write a movie. I’d never written a screen play before, so I went on the internet and got this rudimentary idea of how to do it, and just started writing. I wrote it in three months and sent it to my publisher. They loved it and asked for a novel version as well. So, it got optioned to be a movie before the novel was even published.
LMP: How did your passion for ocean mammals evolve?
PC: I have a really strong communication with animals. The first day that I got on a boat to go out with the whales (many years ago in Vancouver), I became so consumed with the beauty of these animals and their message of just being free. It set me on a journey to do what I can to help them.
LMP: Your work with the dolphins and whales prompted you to found your own organization to raise awareness about their needs. You recently staged a benefit concert in London to spotlight the charity and its work. Can you tell me about that?
PC: In July of 2012, I founded an organization called Save the Oceans, Inc. It was a huge undertaking. It’s very difficult to raise funds and get started. I decided to do a benefit concert to raise some funds and at the same time raise some awareness. I’m particularly interested in the music of the ocean. I’m convinced that the call of the whales and dolphins is much more global and universal than just mating calls and behavioral. I think it has a bigger purpose.
I approached the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra [to participate in the concert] and they asked, “what experience do you have, Mrs. Cori?” And I said, “no experience, but I have good intentions and I know what I want to do!” They fell in love with the idea. I had to pay them, but they were a calling card that brought in other artists who played for free because they wanted to do something noble for the whales and dolphins. It was called “Singing the Oceans Alive” and was a huge success. I think that it will become an annual and even a global event.
LMP: What does Save the Oceans hope to accomplish?
PC: One of my missions is to support the current research attempting to break through the language barrier between dolphins and humans. I’m not just talking about training dolphins to respond to human impulses. I believe, as do many researchers, that we are on the brink of actually communicating with these incredible beings. There are many researchers who are not just spiritual — there are marine biologists and neurologists and neurolinguists who are working dedicatedly to find that missing link. I will be supporting as much as possible those who are doing the most innovative work. Eventually, my dream would be to have my own boat and be able to go out with known researchers and do our own independent work.
I’m also very concerned about the plastic in the oceans. There are five islands in the ocean —one of which is bigger than Texas — that are pure plastic. I’m following a few innovative young people who are working on devices that can clean up this mess. And, of course, everything we can do through education, publicity and promotion to get people to stop using plastic and recycle what they do use.
We’re also focused on shutting down places like Marine World where dolphins and whales are treated like circus clowns. They’re suffering and many of them are dying in captivity.
LMP: Many of us in the U.S. have visited Marine World or one of the Sea World parks, but how many other marine parks are there around the world?
There are probably hundreds. In The Emissary, I include a scene where the dolphins and whales stuck in those locations swim to freedom.
The movie Black Fish has helped to educate people about what goes on in these marine world places and raised public awareness. The movie has actually caused Sea World to lose a fortune because people are starting to realize that it’s not humane [to keep whales and dolphins in captivity].
LMP: I know you are also campaigning strongly against the use of sonar (Sound Navigation And Ranging). How exactly is sonar harming the whales and dolphins?
PC: I’m adamant about ending the use of sonar in the oceans. This is a tricky area because the Navy will soon begin another five-year program of testing in the ocean. They’re planning extraordinarily damaging sonar blasts, bombs and chemical testing. I’m petitioning against that and I’m trying to raise awareness. It’s tricky.
It’s damaging because whales and dolphins have extraordinarily delicate, powerful aural cavities — their brains are hyper-sensitive mechanisms in regard to sound. They echolocate. Everything they do depends on sound — food, migration, intercommunication, interspecies communication. I was told, for example, that a dolphin has such acute echolocation they can tell the difference between the species of salmon that are out there.
A sonar blast disrupts everything. It’s like a gigantic “bomb” — a screeching, unbearable sound. First of all, it throws them off their migratory routes. Secondly, it is literally blowing their brains out of their heads. We’re finding whales and dolphins with their brains blown out and blood oozing out of their mouth and blowhole. We think that these blasts are one of the reasons why they’re beaching and dying. They just want to get out of the water. They want to get away from that sound.
What would you do if a fire engine pulled into your kitchen and started shrieking like they do with the siren? Everyone says, well, I’d run out of the house. That’s what they’re trying to do. They’re trying to run out of the home that they know. And we know how accentuated sound is in the ocean. I believe that a lot of the beachings are suicides. It’s so heartbreaking. Between the radiation, the chemicals, the pollution and all the other things that we’re doing to the ocean, this is the worst. The Navy has estimated that the five-year take (for whatever this testing is supposed to do), the collateral damage of killing, maiming or destroying of marine mammals could be over 10 million. If we don’t do something about this, there won’t be any whales and dolphins for our grandchildren.
LMP: You’ve explored so many different topics over the years. Why have you chosen to focus your books and your attention on marine mammals at this time?
PC: I want to let people know how urgent the situation is. I knew that the novel or movie format would allow people to hear the story without feeling intimidated or preached to. It’s also not just about whales and dolphins. In the novel I mention many things I’m passionate about. One of them is ET life and the possibility that we have communities and colonies of ETs already on the planet, and that they’re benign and good.
What if there are societies of beings from beyond that are inhabiting this planet just like us in a sort of parallel type of reality? Because 80 percent of the planet is water we know so little about it. Why couldn’t there be societies of ETs on this planet and what better place for them to exist without being scrutinized than in the ocean? In fact, we have many reports of UFOs coming up out of the oceans. I wanted to also bring forth that story, so I thought it would be an interesting twist to have the whales and dolphins as their guardians.
LMP: In The Emissary, much of the story takes place aboard a large ship owned by a Texas oil company. In your work with ocean mammals, have you spent a lot of time on boats?
PC: Not like the Deepwater [the boat in the book], but I spend every moment I can out on the water. The first time I jumped in to swim with wild dolphins was an incredible experience — wow! I went out on a little pontoon boat in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. When I jumped off, I was terrified because they have great white sharks there. I thought, well, this will be a two-for-one: I’ll get rid of my ridiculous fear of sharks, and I’ll have the reward of swimming with the dolphins. I leaped off the boat and was met by 250 bottle-nosed dolphins swimming around me. I could feel pings on my body because they were bouncing the sound off me and they were probably saying, what is this gigantic fish?
At a certain point it was as if I had passed the test and the pinging stopped. Two dolphins that were like sentinels swam away, and then from below all these dolphins started swimming up and around me. Except for one of the women from the boat company (fortunately, she hung back and let me have my own experience), I was alone in the water with the dolphins for two hours.
This was just wild, wild ocean. Wild to the max!
LMP: I have to ask a couple more quick questions for movie fans. Who do you see playing the heroine, Jamie? And, of course, is there a sequel coming?
PC: I can see Julianne Moore in the part, but they want a top box office actress and maybe someone younger. They threw around names like Julia Roberts, Anne Hathaway and Natalie Portman.
As far as a sequel… well, there is a second book coming. Right now it’s called The Keeper of the Crystal Skull.
Linda M. Potter is a writer, popular speaker, spiritual counselor and the author of If Only God Would Give Me a Sign! For more information visit www.LindaMPotter.com. Linda is also the Editor of BellaSpark Magazine. lindampotter@LindaMPotter.com.