Morgan: A Timeline

I will continue to update this as new information about Morgan becomes available. Please check back often and sign the petitions for Morgan under the Petitions page.

*Click the links in order to view documents/articles/videos about the events in Morgan’s life


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.

*Radio Netherlands Worldwide – Beached Dutch killer whale recovering 

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.

July 2011 – Harderwijk announced Morgan would be sent to Loro Parque.

*SeaWorld wants to aquire Dutch killer whale

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 at Loro Parque for 3.5 years.

*Orcas Outside, A letter for Morgan

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)

*Judge ruled orca Morgan can’t be moved to Loro Parque

September 2011 – Detailed rehabilitation plan for Morgan is created and released by Free Morgan Foundation

*Morgan’s Rehabilitation Plan

September 2011 – PSA for Morgan was released. Jean-Michel Coustea was featured along with other marine mammal experts.

*PSA for Morgan

September 25, 2011 – previous and recent acoustic matches to vocal repertoire of Morgan (Free Morgan Foundation findings)

*Morgan’s extended family have been identified

September 26, 2011 – paper is released by Humane Society by marine mammal expert Dr. Naomi Rose about why orcas should not be in captivity.

*Captivity is dangerous to killer whales & their keepers, report shows

September 30, 2011 – Morgan’s extended family identified (FMF findings)

*Rescued orca Morgan’s family identified by matching her language

October 2011 – Henk Blekner of the Dutch Government says Morgan will go to Loro Parque because the ocean is “too dangerous”.

*Orca whale to be transferred from Wadden Sea to Spain zoo, not safe in wild 

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.

*Orca whale Morgan might go free, Experts have changed their opinions

November 21, 2011 – Morgan will be sent to Loro Parque under the guise of research.

*Rescued killer whale bound for amusement park following legal tussle

*Orca Morgan to be moved from Dolfinarium Harderwijk to Loro Parque on Tenerife

November 28, 2011 – Morgan begins her journey to Loro Parque.

*Huffington Post: Morgan killer whale transferred

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.

Bite marks on Morgan 12/18/11

 *Video of Morgan being attacked at Loro Parque

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.

*Another lawsuit about orca Morgan

(Article Translation: The Orca Coalition has not yet given up on Morgan. This spring there will be a lawsuit against the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation about the fate of the young orca. Morgan has been staying in an animal park on the Spanish island of Tenerife since November. The Orca Coalition wants the animal to be released. The Dutch government was responsible for the orca during her months-long stay in the Dolphinarium. In November, the court approved a move to Tenerife. “The previous lawsuits were designed to stop the move, now it’s about the fate of Morgan,” says the Orca Coalition in the Nederlands Dagblad.)

March 5, 2012 – Loro Parque releases videos of Morgan with the other orcas.

*Morgan at Loro Parque

March 11, 2012 – Photos were taken of Morgan at Loro Parque showing deep rake marks along her body. She is clearly still being attacked by the other orcas. She spends most of her time in a small, medical pool with another young orca named Adan. These new rake marks look much worse than the ones previously seen on her.

*Wild orca Morgan’s shocking new wounds at Loro Parque

May 8, 2012 – Harderwijk Dolfinarium sent a request to the Orca Coalition for an ‘informal press lunch’. This request was denied.

*Orka Coalitie niet aanwezig bij perslunch Dolfinarium (article in Dutch)

June 23, 2012 – The two year anniversary of Morgan’s capture. She still resides at Loro Parque where she is being trained to be a part of their entertainment shows.

*Two years in captivity

November 1, 2012 – Expected date for the next court date against the Netherlands Government.

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