Far away, on an island chain off the coast of Africa, SeaWorld keeps five of their orcas;  two males aged 16 and 10, two females aged 10 and 7, and one calf just 10 months old.  The calf, Adan was born to the 10 year old female, who rejected him immediately – lacking the presence of an experienced mother (or any fully adult orca) as companion, and having been taken away from her own mother too young, this reaction did not come as a surprise.  What is a surprise is that marine amusement parks keep breeding the orcas at such a tender age.

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This is the fate that awaits the young rescued orca, Morgan, which SeaWorld and Loro Parque are trying to obtain because their orcas are increasingly becoming inbred and they desperately need a fresh gene pool.  Like other young female orcas in captivity, Morgan would doubtless be bred at the earliest conceivable age, and then be forced to have baby after baby, living in a concrete box her entire life.

Source: Seattle PI 

The Orca Coalition together with the expertise of Dr. Ingrid Visser, secured a victory in court today for the captive orca named Morgan by having her proposed export to the entertainment park Loro Parque in Tenerife, Spain, blocked. The judge ruled that the Ministry needs to do more to investigate whether the proposed ’scientific research’ at Loro Parque is not just a guise under which the orca can be quickly moved. The judge also ruled that the orca will have to be moved to a bigger tank at the Dolphinarium in the short term, one where she will have more space and at least have contact with other animals (dolphins). In addition he made the recommendation that all interested parties (Orca Coalition, Free Morgan Group and Dolphinarium) will have to start a dialogue to come to a common solution for the orca under the guidance of the responsible Ministry.

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