Morgan In Captivity

I was going through computer files the other day, and I came across an archive of stuff I have on Morgan at Loro Parque. I have always felt a sadness for Morgan, picked up off the Dutch coast in 2010 and now at Loro Parque in the Canary Islands. (I wrote about Loro Parque in 2011, because that is where trainer Alexis Martinez was killed by a SeaWorld killer whale just a few months before Dawn Brancheau was killed in Florida).

You can read all about Morgan, and how she came to be at Loro Parque, here. The story has a lot of twists and turns, but the bottom line is that Morgan is a recently wild killer while who now finds herself owned by SeaWorld, and with her valuable wild DNA likely to become part of SeaWorld’s captive breeding mill.

Anyhow, I started clicking on some of the videos of Morgan (they are from 2013) and for some reason this video perfectly captured for me the banality and tedium of a once wild life that is now experienced in a confined pool, and devoted to entertaining holiday crowds. Teaching Morgan how to wave her tail just seems so pathetic and lame. And her energy level and affect seems to indicate she feels the same way. Good times.

8 thoughts on “Morgan In Captivity”

  1. As she is allegedly deaf, Morgan would have been an excellent subject to investigate whether or not a killer whale’s home pod will care for one of its own if that animal has a critical disability. So much for research.

  2. So very sad , us humans have a lot to answer to. Why anyone in this day and age would go to anywhere were there are captive wild animals is beyond me. What are they thinking of.

  3. How any society, any committee on animal welfare at government level could endorse confinement at Loro Parque and a life for her in captivity as the best thing for her, leaves one aghast at human greed and selfishness!

  4. Morgan was found to be deemed deaf by an independant government organisation. They had spent time looking for her family group but nobody was able to locate them, however she was later deemed unreleasable anyway. It is important to remember that places such as Seaworld have no say whether an animal is releasable or not, the decision is not theirs. If it wasn’t for the help of these marine parks, taking in animals such as Morgan, they would be dead. Fact. How is she supposed to survive in the wild being deaf. She has special attention and a complete bespoke training programme developed just for her to keep her psychologically healthy and physically fit. Training provides enrichment and challenges, the animals enjoy it, just the same as your Dog. If this animal didn’t want to do something, it wouldn’t and you can’t force an animal of that size to do anything it doesn’t want to do. And no food is never withheld, they wouldn’t risk the animal’s health like that. Plus if she, or any other animal wasn’t happy or healthy, it wouldn’t eat. They are also voluntary breathers meaning they have conscious ability to stop breathing at any time if they so wish, essentially committing suicide. And as you can quite clearly see, she hasn’t.

    1. They bash their heads against the sides of the tanks. They sometimes do rwfuse to eat.
      This whale didn’t become deaf in captivity she was likely already deaf in ths wild.
      Orca pods have a cooperative social structure similar to elephnats. They have been oserved teach young pups to hunt by stunning prey and making it easier for the pup to catch. Since the orca pod is made up of relates females a juveniles it’s likely there is a communal feeding going on.
      To confine a animal that is used to feee swimming hundreds of miles of territory to a small space like a sea world tank, ks the equivalent of jail or a.nursing home.
      I was in a nursing 3 times. The last stay was 14 weeks.
      We had food. Not of our choice and not tasty. Were were 2-4 to a room. We got “exercise” when staff wanted and it was a walk in the hall, or we got physical therapy again not on our schedule or with any input regarding our preferences.
      Many there prayed for death. I managed to endure because I knew I had a release date.
      The only time a wild animal should be confined is if they are truly unable to survive due to injury.
      The orcas of Sea World are not happy. Neither are the dolphins

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