There is something quite extraordinary about moving orcas from one place to another. Part of it is the sophistication of the planning and the technology that has evolved to make this commonplace. Part of it is the awareness that the orca is a very intelligent and aware animal, which makes me wonder just what, exactly, an orca being transported must be thinking.
Here is what Morgan’s trip from Dolfinarium Harderwijk to Loro Parque involved on the Harderwijk side:
And here are some pictures of her arrival at the other end, where it appears she will become part of SeaWorld’s orca “collection” (full set here).
Now we wait and see how the integration into Loro Parque’s fractious group goes.