Morgan: A Timeline *Updated

I put this timeline together a while back, but I have updated it with the new information about upcoming court cases and occurences at Loro Parque. I will continue to update this and re-post as new information about Morgan becomes available.


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.

June 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.

Morgan on display 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. Click here to view document.

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 – A video was released showing Morgan at Loro Parque with two other females. In the video she is being chased and is attacked a total of nine times. Of course those were just the number of attacks on this video and there are most certainly more that were not on film.

February 2012 – Photos of Morgan are released showing her being trained to perform at Loro Parque.

February 2, 2012 – The Orca Coalition Group announced they will be suing the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture, and Innovation. They are suing in the hopes to release Morgan using the law which states her transfer to Loro Parque was illegal as well as the stipulation that her capture was only allowed because the permit stated she would be released back into the ocean when healthy. They hope to get Morgan moved to Norway where a rehabilitation plan would begin for her release. 

April 2012 – Expected start of the first session in the case against the Dutch government.

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