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In early April, 2011, our friends at the Marine Connection and FreeMorgan.com visited killer whale (Orcinus-orca) Morgan at Dolphinarium Harderwijk in the Netherlands. She has grown substantially since first captured, and they are saddened to find her in a small pool (approx. 10m x 4m) an in about 4m of water.
In late June, 2010, she was seen in the Wadden Sea, off the coast of the Netherlands. The little orca appeared to be ill, so she was captured and brought to the Harderwijk Dolfinarium, a captive facility about an hour from Amsterdam. She was named Morgan.
For the past nine months, she has been living in a small tank at the dolphinarium. She is currently on display, where visitors can see her every afternoon – an interesting experience for visitors, but for Morgan, it’s like living in a prison.
The Dutch government permitted her capture on the basis that she would be rehabilitated and then released back to the wild.
On December 10, 2010, the dolphinarium announced that she would not be returned to the wild.
Morgan doesn’t belong in captivity. She doesn’t belong to a private company which sells tickets to see her. She belongs in the ocean.
Anyone who cares about orcas should insist that Morgan be returned to the wild. The final decision is in the hands of the Dutch government.
Morgan must be free. Please visit www.FreeMorgan.com for more information and what you can do to help.
Photos courtesy MarineConnection.org and FreeMorgan.com