This is Morgan. In June 2010 she was taken from the wild. She was extremely underweight and a Dutch marine park got a permit to rescue her on the condition she was released back into the ocean as soon as possible.
Morgan was not released. Instead she was put on show for the public only weeks after arriving to the marine park. Because she’s the only wild caught orca in the last 25 years she’s vital to the captive orca breeding program because of the increasing inbreeding that’s going on.
Like most other captive orcas Morgan grinds her teeth on the edge of the tank because of stress, frustration and boredom.
Morgan is now captive at Loro Parque in Spain where she has to perform several shows on a daily basis. She is continually attacked, bullied and harassed by the other whales there. She is also subjected to excessive sexual pressure by the adult male who she is often locked into the same tank with. Morgan is only a pree-teen and not yet ready for mating or being pregnant. Yet nothing is done by Loro Parque or Seaworld (all orcas at Loro Parque belong to Seaworld) to stop the abuse.
If you want to help Morgan please visit http://www.freemorgan.org/ and find out what you can do to help Morgan get back home to the ocean and her family in Norway.
I’m saddened to learn that Norway refused to free Morgan. If the animal is unhealthy and needs rehabilitation, then it should be getting that, not trapped in a too small tank and forced to perform for money.
I will never go to sea world, I will never support the capture of dolphins or orca as a means of entertainment. It’s important we learn about and care about the animals in the world around us but imprisoning someone (yes they are smart enough to be considered PEOPLE) isn’t the way to go about it. This is ugly and horrid. I hope humanity wakes up and sets aside it’s overwhelming ego long enough to realize we aren’t the only thinking and feeling beings on this planet.