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Morgan the orca 'attacked' in Tenerife amusement park

Friday 23 March 2012

The orca rescued in the Wadden Sea in 2010 and sent to an amusement park in Spain at the end of last year, has deep wounds from being attacked by other orcas, according to bloggers on the whale and dolphin conservation society website.

WDCS activists says the orca, known as Morgan, spends a lot of her time in a shallow side pool at the park on the holiday island of Tenerife - a sign that she has not been accepted by the other orcas.

The WDCS also claims Morgan debuted in her first circus-style show performing tricks for the paying public in February.

Morgan's move to the Loro Parque had been opposed by activitists who said she should be released back into the wild. But junior environment minister Henk Bleker granted an export licence, saying it was too risky to set the orca free.

Orca Morgan to move to Tenerife
Animal rights groups try to halt move to Tenerife

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Readers' comments (9)

I'm so sorry Morgan. The people who claimed to care about your safety sold you out.

By J. | March 23, 2012 8:33 PM

Well it is apparently more dangerous to keep her, where she is living in isolation and being attacked by her own kind. That is cruel. Eventually, from stress, she will turn on her human trainers. Then the Orca will be blamed instead of the pathetic situation they keep her in. If released, she at least stands a chance of completing what she was intended for, perhaps one day finding her own pod and perhaps mating. Not going to happen in the shallow tank. Then if she dies in the ocean, at least it was as nature intended. Sad that she is just another potential act and money maker to these people.

By feliciabaize | March 24, 2012 4:27 PM

So then? Shame to Mr Bleker

By Luke | March 26, 2012 10:04 AM

Honestly what did the Dutch government expect to happen?! Loro Parque has a very maladjusted group of orca- one killed his trainer in 2009, one was forced to breed far too young & as a result immediately rejected her calf, another young male is constantly bullied & has the worst scars of any captive orca! Yet Mr Bleker thought this was a good home for Morgan. Morgan has a detailed release plan supported by some of the worlds top orca research scientists, her family have been located in Norway but apparently the risk of gradually returning her under scientific supervision is too risky' !! Morgan is valued at 100 000 Euro, maybe that influenced Mr Blekers decision! SICKENING CORRUPTION!!

By Ellie Fairfax | March 28, 2012 1:30 PM

You are so right here Ellie!! Even in Holland the governement is corrupted by the big bucks....it's a shame what they've done to this beautiful creature of the sea, they lied to the public and sold their souls for the sake of money!! The help Morgan needed to reunite her with her family was there, and the odds of her rehabilitation were very good but they rather keep her inprisoned for the rest of her life then to make a wise and correct decision about her faith, she wasn't ours to keep, she belonged to nobody but her family...but we won't ever give up on her, one day people get to see the truth........FREE MORGAN!!!!

By Bettina Klootwijk | March 29, 2012 11:01 AM

I guess the so called family "found" by dolfinarium harderwijk didnt work out.
It is shameful how dolfinarium blocked the orca's freedom and that these attacks already was known during the second court.
So much for dolfinariums promise to return her to freedom.
Also the ignored releaseplan set up by the Free Morgan Foundation (with local team work,sollutions etc etc) could have advanced leading role for The Netherlands in Europe but Bleker believed he report based on the one sighted,negative intro written by niels van elk

By Ester | March 29, 2012 3:35 PM

This move to Tenerife was all about money, not about the wellbeing of Morgan. She is a wild orca female, new genes, so can make lots of new babies for SeaWorld! These babies will be separated from their mum and send all over the world to marine parks. Morgan will reject them, being too young a mum and with no parent example, many of the babies will likely die before adulthood. Morgan was just kept to be a breeder and the new circus clown. That she is not accepted, was already known, as the captive group at Loro Parque are very unstable orca's who are not related to each other.

By holy henderson | March 31, 2012 10:27 AM

The release plan had no hope of working. The judge made the decision not to allow Morgan to be given to the animal-rights groups for the experimental release project after considering ALL the evidence from both sides in this case. Remember it was the Free Morgan groups that went to court twice to try and obtain this animal.

Of course the WDCS are going to promote any black propaganda they can on Morgan and any other marine park as they are fundamentally against animals in human care.

By John Dineley | April 4, 2012 7:44 PM

It's all about the money, noone ever cared about Morgan's faith. When money talks - the truth keeps silent.
Now, she's just another big clown increasing the number of visitors and thus the profit of Loro Parque; surely next abused female for sea world's breeding problems if she should live long enough!

By Daniela Bress | April 9, 2012 1:09 AM

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