In June 2010, a young orca whale was found stranded in Dutch waters. The whale, now called Morgan, was sent to the Harderwijk Dolfinarium for rehabilitation.
Morgan was given a clean bill of health in July, but the Harderwijk Dolfinarium announced on December 2010 that they do not plan to release Morgan back into the ocean. From August until October, the Dolfinarium kept Morgan on public display, and Morgan proved to be a star attraction.
Morgan doesn't belong in captivity. A female orca can live up to 90 years in the wild, yet captive orcas often die before they reach 30 years of age. The decision to keep Morgan in captivity is dangerous to her health and well-being.
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Morgan, the young orca whale found stranded in Dutch waters this June, was given a clean bill of health in July. Instead of releasing Morgan into the wild, the Harderwijk Dolfinarium chose to put the orca on public display.
Morgan doesn't belong in captivity. A female orca can live up to 90 years in the wild, yet captive orcas often die before they reach 30 years of age. The decision to keep Morgan in captivity is dangerous to her health and well-being. Keeping orcas in captivity is dangerous to humans as well, as orcas have killed their trainers in the past.
The Free Morgan Group, a group of whale experts and conservationists, has already drafted a release plan for Morgan. The first step would be to move Morgan to a semi-natural site in the Netherlands, where Morgan would live in a much larger enclosure in a sea-water environment. This would better prepare Morgan for a return to the ocean. The plan is endorsed by many conservation groups around the world.
It is in Morgan's best interest to return her to the wild, and the next step is to move her to a semi-natural site and out of the concrete tank at Harderwijk Dolfinarium.