SeaWorld Employee Agent Provocateur And A Second Spy
In 2012 two men showed up in the orca anti-captivity movement on Facebook claiming to hate what SeaWorld was doing to their orcas and seeking to join in with protesting these activities. The two men named Tom Jones, now known as SeaWorld employee Paul McComb and McComb’s friend Michael Estes are seen below at a P.E.T.A. sponsored protest at SeaWorld.
Photo provided by April Cruz
I was contacted by Michael Estes on August 8th, 2012 through Facebook. I saw a post where Michael stated on his Facebook page he was “looking forward to being in this fight with you guys!” I accepted his “friend request” as usual.
During this time “Tom Jones” aka Paul McComb sent a friend request to my partner. She too accepted his “friend request”. Little did we know we would become target’s used to help SeaWorld try to gain information, as well as having a person who was encouraging direct action against SeaWorld on our Facebook friends list.
Later in August an anonymous tip/rumor was sent to my partner regarding the move of a captive orca named Shouka. My partner posted this rumor to Facebook the afternoon of the day Shouka was suppose to be moved to SeaWorld San Diego. Within minutes Tom Jones sent my partner numerous messages regarding this rumor among other inquiries. Below are the screen shots taken from the conversations between my partner and Tom Jones aka Paul McComb.
This is the only and last contact my partner had with Tom Jones “Paul McComb”. Shortly after Shouka arrived at SeaWorld San Diego Michael Estes told me he was going to see Shouka with his friend, they went and Michael posted pictures which some of them I interacted with him.
That was the last we heard from them or about them until recently….P.E.T.A. released the link between Tom Jones being a SeaWorld employee publically. As I was reading the article I immediately knew my connection to “Tom” and realized who Michael was. I searched my friends list and found Michael Estes still on it. I was trying to make the connection with evidence between Tom and Michael and here is what I found
After understanding all of this I don’t know what surprised me most- the fact that a SeaWorld employee did this considering SeaWorld’s claims of values and was placed on PAID leave or that it involved a Marine Corps individual. The SeaWorld employee Tom aka Paul McComb tried to get others to incite violence against an organization who’s only fault is not agreeing with the issue of rather orcas deserve to be in captivity or not. This makes Paul McComb by definition a agent provocateur.
I also noticed that when Tom Jones from Facebook who messaged my partner on Facebook which are listed above made numerous spelling errors, even in his message between another girl on his Facebook post he made the mistake of spelling corps as core….yet in the twitter posts he put out there are not numerous spelling errors. This makes me wonder if another individual is running the Twitter account other than the one running the Facebook page.