A Life of Hardship
The orca, Morgan, was taken in July 2010 from the Wadden Sea off the coast of the Netherlands. She was found extremely emaciated. Taken to a facility for medical care, after she recovered from emaciation and dehydration, she was to be released.
Instead she ended up in 2011 as a captive orca in Loro Parque, a privately-owned aquaria in the Canary Islands. She lives there with five other orcas. She is suffering from the stress of captivity in this aquarium known for its very poor living conditions.
There was a lawsuit heard in December 2012 that stated Morgan was to be released after recovery. This did not happen.
It is unfortunate that Morgan is pregnant. SeaWorld's announcement on an orca breeding ban in 2016 was never acknowedged by Loro Parque. "They have been trying for years to get Morgan pregnant," said Free Morgan Foundation's vice chair Hester Bartels. It is dangerous for Morgan to be pregnant at such a young age. It has also been discovered that Morgan is hard of hearing. This probably explains how she originally was separated from her family.
Since she is a Norwegian orca (proved by DNA), a sea pen has been prepared for her in Norway. Given her inability to echolocate, the staff and orcas that she lives with would have to provide her with food.
Morgan's worn-down teeth, and her jaw showing damage from rubbing her lower jaw against the tank in her frustration.