Dolfinarium in Harderwijk to Release an Orca
This past June,
a very young orca was found separated from her pod and swimming alone in
the shallow Wadden Sea off the coast of the Netherlands. She appeared thin,
weak and distressed. According to Reuters, she was the first orca to be
found alive in Dutch coastal waters in more than 60 years.
Dutch marine mammal rescue group SOS Dolfijn captured the orca and transported
her to the marine park "Dolfinarium" in Harderwijk, the Netherlands.
According to original statements from the Dolfinarium, the marine park's
initial plan was to release the orca (named Morgan) back into the wild as
soon as she had recovered.
But now it appears
that the marine park might keep Morgan in captivity and possibly ship her
to a SeaWorld theme park in the US or another foreign facility, where she
would suffer a lifetime of misery in a small, concrete tank. Information
requests from PETA Germany on the status of Morgan's release have gone unanswered,
and Dolfinarium's website states that scientists around the world are considering
what the best option would be for Morgan.
The more time that passes, the more difficult it will be to release Morgan
back into the open ocean - her rightful home.
Please help spare Morgan from a lifetime of captivity!
Orcas in the
wild swim up to 100 miles each day. They live in large social groups and
communicate among themselves. Orcas in aquariums suffer from loneliness,
illness and distress. These animals can only swim endless circles in enclosures
that to them are like bathtubs. They are unable to engage in natural behaviours
and are forced to entertain paying customers by performing silly tricks
What You Can
the Dolfinarium in Harderwijk and urge it to release Morgan back into the
open ocean. Call or send a letter to the Dolfinarium. You can also send
an e-mail to the marine park using the e-mail form below.
send polite comments to:
3840 GC Harderwijk