Sunday 20 March 2016 | 0

Morgan, the little lost orca

In June 2010, a small female orca swimming alone was lost at sea off the coast of the Netherlands. The Harderwijk dolphinarium hurries to rescue her as part of a capture authorization, which means that the orca must be cared for and then put back into the sea. But the dolphinarium, shortly after the "rescue", exposes Morgan to the public in a pool ridiculously small for its size. A few tricks have already been taught. The public pays to see her and bang on the widows of her pool. She stayed there for 18 months, while a scientific rehabilitation plan was organized to return her by plane to her family, the Pod P, located in the Norwegian Sea.

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But Morgan was caught up in the marine circus industry. Despite the legal process initiated at the time, she was eventually sent to a park in Tenerife (Canary Islands) on November 29, 2011. The five orcas already held in this zoo were born in captivity in the United States. Nothing in their brutal behaviour or their primitive vocalizations reminds Morgan of the sophisticated manners of her community in the wild. Worse still, Keto, a teenage male orca, imposes his brutal law and harassing her for hours trying to rape her. Though young, she represents a valued gene pool to regenerate the breeding programs of the closed circuit of the dolphinariums.

Between two shows, Morgan isolates herself as much as she can in such a small space. She turns against the walls which enclose her, strikes her head on the concrete until blood flows or gnaws the iron bars of the enclosure. How long will it last? As soon as she was captured, a legal battle was launched for her release. The owner of the park, SeaWorld, manoeuvred to keep Morgan captive, condemning her to death. Time is running out, as with all of the other 50 or more captive orcas in the world.

Together, with your support, One Voice will not give up! In partnership with the Free Morgan Foundation, various actions are under way. Help Morgan by supporting our campaign!

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