Free Morgan Foundation

Morgan at Dolfinarium Harderwijk in June 2011. Note the water is too shallow for her to exhibit a normal body posture. This image is corrected for refraction.
Morgan at Dolfinarium Harderwijk in June 2011. Note the water is too shallow for her to exhibit a normal body posture. This image is corrected for refraction (Morgan’s head as been moved to the right, but the depth has NOT been modified).

In 2010 a young female orca was spotted swimming alone in the waters of the Netherlands, was captured by theme park Dolfinarium Harderwijk, under a ‘rescue, rehabilitation and release’ permit.

Unfortunately, the theme park never fulfilled the ‘rehabilitation and release’ part of the permit.

Rather, the young orca, whom they called Morgan, was trained institutionalized behaviours, as well as undignified tricks.  They kept her in a tank that was barely large enough for her to exhibit normal body postures, for 18 months.

This was the start of a saga that continues today.

Despite belonging to a species which is protected by EU law and prohibited to be used for ‘primarily commercial purposes’, Morgan was put on public display only weeks after her rescue.

Morgan on display to the paying public, at Dolfinarium Harderwijk, Netherlands
Morgan on display to the paying public, at Dolfinarium Harderwijk, Netherlands

Importantly, this website provides the evidence we have collected and, as such, is a historic record of Morgan’s story.  It allows members of the public, to understand for themselves, how justice failed her.  It shows that greed, not Morgan’s welfare, were the driving forces behind what has happened and how she is still treated, often kept locked in a tank even smaller than the one she was in whilst held captive in the Netherlands.

This chronicle, perhaps the best documented case of ‘whale laundering’ ever exposed, is complicated and intricate.  But that is partly how the industry has managed to get this far.

Morgan’s nightmare is far from over.  It continues to develop and we will continue to fight for her.  We have documented horrific attacks by the other orca on Morgan and her self-mutilation wounds.

Morgan has self-mutilation wounds such as the tissue damage, open wounds and worn teeth from chewing on the concrete. The trainers and vet of Loro Parque claim this is 'normal'. 17 November 2013.
Morgan has worn some of her teeth from chewing on the concrete. The trainers and vet of Loro Parque claim this is ‘normal’. 17 November 2013.

If you find that we haven’t posted something recent on this website, please don’t be discouraged.  We have been advised by insiders that the captivity industry monitors this website and Morgan’s facebook page and twitter account.  Therefore we often don’t post time-sensitive documents and findings.  This time-lag allows us to follow certain leads, gather further necessary evidence and then present robust data to you, those who truly care.

Thank you on behalf of Morgan, for caring, for making a difference and for speaking out.