Orca Morgan was found malnourished and dehydrated in the Wadden Sea, off the northwestern coast of the Netherlands on the 23rd of June, 2010. Although EU law states that captured orcas must be returned to the wild, the Dolfinarium at Harderwijk who 'rescued' her had no intention of releasing her. Morgan was sold to Loro Parque, Tenerife and now lives in a small unnatural environment away from her family.
A release plan, written by more than 40 experts and which ensured the safe return of Morgan to the wild and to her family, was ignored by the Dolfinarium. Why? When Morgan was caught she was estimated to be about 2 years old. Females breed until the age of 40 and mothers calve about once every 5 years. This means Morgan will give birth to 6 or 7 calves, with each calve being worth millions when sold to other marine parks.
For up to date information about Morgan's case, please visit the site of the Orca Coalition.
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