Young orca Morgan has a family waiting for her in the wild, but she was betrayed by the people who were meant to help her and is languishing in captivity at cruel Loro Parque marine park.
On 23 June 2010, Morgan, a young female orca, was found emaciated in the Wadden Sea off the coast of the Netherlands. The Dolfinarium Harderwijk in the Netherlands captured Morgan and transported her to the dolphinarium under a permit that specifically provided for her recovery, with the purpose of subsequent release. She recovered at the dolphinarium in just a few months.
During this time, a group of experts – the Free Morgan Foundation – compared Morgan's unique calls to other orcas in the region and found that she most likely belonged to an orca population in the Norwegian Sea. The foundation developed a detailed plan for Morgan's rehabilitation, with the intent of reintroducing her to her pod.
But Morgan never was released into the wild. Instead, she was shipped off to Tenerife, to a marine park that has connections to notorious orca abusers SeaWorld.
Morgan is still living in a small concrete tank at Loro Parque, alongside orcas on loan from SeaWorld. These intelligent animals are denied everything important to them and forced to perform for tourists.
Time and time again, experts have identified health problems and psychological distress in the orcas at Loro Parque. Some of them are missing their teeth. Some have painful rake marks all over their bodies, or mucus dripping from their eyes. They float on the surface of the water, bored and listless, exhibiting behaviour unheard of among wild orcas.
Speak out for Morgan! Send a message to the Spanish government and let them know that you want to see Morgan transferred to a coastal sanctuary, for potential reintroduction to her home and family.