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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.
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 at Loro Parque 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 – Detailed rehabilitation plan for Morgan is created and released by Free Morgan Foundation
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.
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.
(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.
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.
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.
November 1, 2012 – Expected date for the next court date against the Netherlands Government.