It looks like a big pool…. but it’s just a small cage in the water.


Gender: Female
Pod: Norwegian P pod (?)
Place of Capture: Wadden Sea, Netherlands
Date of Capture: June 23, 2010
Age at Capture: Approx. 3 years
Current Location: Loro Parque Tenerife, Spain

On June 23, 2010, a fisherman spotted a very ill young Orca swimming in the Wadden Sea off the coast of the Netherlands. A team from the Dolphinarium Harderwijk rescued her and brought her to their facility where they administered emergency medical treatment for extreme starvation as well as dehydration, and she was named Morgan.

The permit they were granted for her rescue also detailed that she was to be released as soon as possible. However, the Dolphinarium claimed that Morgan’s family could not be located, and so release would be impossible.

Many organizations, including the Free Morgan Foundation, continued advocating for her release and in 2011, released a report showing that 77.7% of Morgans call types were matched to Norwegian P pod, meaning that a release was, indeed, a possiblity.

However, due to the small size of the tank at Dolphinarium Harderwijk, they began searching for a new facility for her to stay at; though her stay at the Dolphinarium was extended a whole year due to lengthy court battles. Eventually, the court ruled that Morgan was to be moved to a new facility, resulting in her move to Loro Parque in Spain.

Upon her arrival, Morgan was introduced to Adán and Skyla. Eventually, she was introduced to the oldest female, Kohana, and the parks older males, Tekoa and Keto. In 2012, Loro Parque announced that Morgan is partially deaf and “barely responds” to whistle cues; but can be seen in YouTube videos performing behaviors, and often responding to whistle cues immediately.

While activists continued the legal fight to try and release Morgan, New Zealand Orca researcher, Dr. Ingrid Visser, visited Loro Parque in June 2012 and documented multiple instances of aggression directed mainly towards Morgan. Visser photographed Morgan self-mutilating by banging her head against tank walls and chewing on the concrete. Photographs from Visser also show Morgan being attacked relentlessly by Kohana and Skyla. Morgan has also sometimes been locked in a tank alone with Keto, who is extremely sexually aggressive toward Morgan and will consistently chase her around the tank in an attempt to penetrate her.

Unfortunately, on April 23, 2014, after yet another lengthy court battle, the Council of State ruled that Morgan’s transfer to Loro Parque was legal. They also ruled that since her family had not been located and Morgan was very young, it was unclear if Morgan could survive if she were to be released. For the time being, Morgan is to remain at Loro Parque while activists attempt to come up with a new plan for her.

Today, Morgan is approximately 8 years old and remains at Loro Parque where she progresses in her training every day and has even begun performing in shows.

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“With more than 1300 members, the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) is the world’s largest network of zoos and aquariums.

WAZA’s mission is to guide, encourage and support the zoos, aquariums, and like-minded organizations of the world in animal care and welfare, environmental education and global conservation.

One would think, therefore, that it would be impossible for a dolphinarium that is linked to the Japanese dolphin slaughter to be accepted as a WAZA member. But it is not. WAZA has welcomed several such dolphinariums into their umbrella organization, thereby giving them their stamp of credibility.

Most of the approximately 500 dolphins currently held in Japan’s 50 dolphinariums were captured during a violent and deadly dolphin drive hunt. Many of these Japanese dolphinariums are members of the Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums, also known as JAZA. Despite the fact that JAZA members keep the brutal dolphin hunt alive by doing business with the dolphin killers, WAZA welcomes JAZA as an association member!” sign this petion telling WAZA to expel all facilities that provide direct or indirect support for the drive capture of dolphins.

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In a recent article for the BBC, a former dolphin trainer from the Japanese town of Taiji – made infamous by the movie The Cove – gave an account of her life in the trade. On Taiji’s place in the international dolphin trade, she said that foreigners would often come to Taiji to buy dolphins as it was the only place in the world where they were able to buy dolphins so easily.

The fishermen and the traders of Taiji are responsible for subjecting the dolphins to a cruel fate. It’s death by spear or a lifetime in captivity for the animals. But the captors are not alone in their guilt because the demand for live dolphins comes from the many captive dolphin outlets throughout the world.

A lucrative trade

Captured dolphins make for a lucrative trade for traders, officials and middlemen. Last week, the government of the Solomon Islands (who take 25% revenue in taxes from the sale of each dolphin) made clear that the laws of the nation did not ban dolphin trading. There are powerful financial incentives for capturing and selling dolphins in places such as the Solomons and Japan.

Too many people think dolphin shows – where dolphins perform all sorts of tricks for the amusement of the audience – are good harmless family fun. They may not be aware of the cruelty and needless suffering. These same people would be horrified at the thought of taking their children to a dog fight or watching an animal torture video.

English: Dolphinarium in Yalta (Hotel Yalta), Ukraine Русский: Дельфинарий в Ялте (отель Ялта) Українська: Дельфінарій у Ялті (готель Ялта) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

But they look so happy

The Humane Society of the United States in their webpage on marine mammals in captivity states: “Whales and dolphins travel long distances each day, sometimes swimming in a straight line for a hundred miles, other times remaining in a certain area for hours or days, moving several miles along a coastline and then turning to retrace their path. These marine mammals can dive up to several hundred meters and stay underwater for up to half an hour. They spend only 10 to 20% of their time at the surface.”

A captive dolphin’s lifespan is significantly shorter than that of its wild counterparts.

Swimming with dolphins – can’t be bad?

Since the 1970s, Dolphin Assisted Therapy (DAT) has been endorsed by some “experts” for helping those with disabilities such as autism. Many children have travelled to Florida and other dolphin hubs in the hope of finding improvement for their condition but the merits of these therapies have been questioned. Animal welfare groups have warned of their dangers to humans and to dolphins. Dolphins can injure or drown people and some carry bacteria that can infect human beings with conditions such as brucellosis.

Recreational swimming with dolphins is still popular in many parts of the world. In the Caribbean, “dolphinariums” cater to the cruiseship traffic.

Clearly, a dolphinarium does not allow these animals to behave in a natural or healthy manner.

The World SPCA outlines some practices dangerous to dolphins such as beaching themselves to be petted and warns against anthropomorphising. Dolphins behave in human-like ways (with gestures such as waving and nodding) because they are hungry and NOT because they are being friendly.

Swimming close to dolphins is great fun – when done in THEIR environment in the wild. I’ve seen grown adults moved to tears while snorkelling with a pod of dolphins in the Red Sea. It’s an experience not to be missed.

End the cruelty of captive dolphins

Earlier this month, Chris Porter, a marine mammal trainer and trader in New Zealand, set free his last 17 dolphins, having become disillusioned with the industry (which enabled him to have a lucrative business). He claims the death of a whale trainer at Sea World by Tilikum – a Killer Whale he once trained – was the turning point in making his decision. Porter asked: “Are we really educating and providing the best representation for these animals in an aquarium?”

How can you help? Next time someone you know suggests an afternoon at the dolphin show, give them some info. If they truly love these animals, they might change their mind. Sign the petitions and do your part; the dolphins need all the help they can get.

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