The other day I had a fellow marine mammal activist ask for some information about Morgan and her life since she was taken from the ocean. In an attempt to get more bloggers writing about her life and her future, I put together this timeline for my friend Kirsten.
I hope the appeal for her freedom begins soon and that a judge will finally side with what is right and moral.
June 23, 2010 – Morgan was spotted in the Wadden Sea off the coast of the Netherlands looking emaciated/sick and captured. She was taken to Harderwijk Dolphinarium.
July 29, 2010 – Harderwijk announced Morgan needed to stay in captivity for 3-6 months
July 5, 2010 – Harderwijk announced she was in good health
August 3, 2010 – Harderwijk invited the public in to view Morgan. Advertised her on their website and had thousands of visitors. She was on display through the summer until they closed for the season in late October.
December 10, 2010 – Announced Morgan would not be released.
March 2011 – Morgan is back on display for paying customers at Harderwijk.
July 2011 – Harderwijk announced Morgan would be sent to Loro Parque.
July 27, 2011 – CITES grants permit to move Morgan to Tenerife.
July 28, 2011 – Suzane Michele Allee wrote an open letter to Netherlands government about Loro Parque. She worked there for 3.5 years.
August 3, 2011 – Orca Coalition went to court in Amsterdam to prevent Morgan from going to Loro Parque. They won that court case against the Dutch government that was responsible for the decision. Judge also ruled Morgan needed to be moved to a larger tank immediately (this never happened)
September 2011 – PSA for Morgan was released. Jean-Michel Coustea was featured along with other marine mammal experts.
September 25, 2011 – previous and recent acoustic matches to vocal repertoire of Morgan (Free Morgan Foundation findings)
September 26, 2011 – paper is released by Humane Society by marine mammal expert Dr. Naomi Rose about why orcas should not be in captivity.
September 30, 2011 – Morgan’s extended family identified (FMF findings)
October 2011 – Henk Blekner of the Dutch Government says Morgan will go to Loro Parque because the ocean is “too dangerous”.
November 7, 2011 – Court hearing in Amsterdam for Morgan. Allowed submissions from orca experts who supported her release back into the ocean. Judge will make decision on Nov 21.
November 21, 2011 – Morgan will be sent to Loro Parque under the guise of research.
November 28, 2011 – Morgan begins her journey to Loro Parque. There is video of this transport online (and on my blog)
December 1, 2011 – Loro Parque began advertising Morgan on their Facebook page with photos including ones with trainers.
December 2011 – Environmental groups will still fight for Morgan’s freedom. They could not stop her transport but they will try and appeal it by proving it was illegal because Loro Parque is an entertainment park not a research facility. Under EU law it is illegal to transport an orca for commercial purposes.