Morgan’s Rehabilitation and Release Plan
It includes fall-back contingency plans and Morgan’s welfare is of the utmost priority.
It also includes a detailed step-by-step training program which will take into account Morgan’s personal progress and which will be adapted to her rate of rehabilitation.
As part of the process, Risk Analysis was carried out by experienced personnel and a detailed transport plan formulated with close consultation with veterinarians.
A sea-pen, similar to that used for Springer (a young orca with remarkable similarities to Morgan), will be also used for the rehabilitation of Morgan. Springer, like Morgan was alone, emaciated (starving) and required help. Her story of rehabilitation and release is given in the videos below. Springer has been resighted this past research season (2012), making it 10 years since her release.
Sea-pens are not new in when rehabilitating cetaceans for a return to the wild. The Free Morgan Foundation visited the Born Free Foundation, in Turkey, where they were working to release two dolphins, Tom and Misha. Head trainer was Jeff Foster, the head trainer for Keiko (Free Willy). Jeff is also on the Expert Board for the Free Morgan Foundation.
Morgan’s story could have had an outcome like Springers, but instead Morgan now languishes in an ‘abusement’ park in Spain, doing tricks to earn the owners money.
Additionally, to ensure that Morgan’s release back into the wild will be successful the Free Morgan Foundation has received a pledge of financial assistance from Mr Ady Gill (please see our Supporter page for more details)
- Visser & Hardie July 2011 Morgan the orca can and should be rehabilitated
- FMF Morgan Rehabilitation and Release Proposal
- FMF September 2011 Detailed Step-by-Step plan for rehabilitation training for Morgan the orca
- Examples of Rehabilitated and Released Cetaceans
- Letter from Dr. John Ford regarding Morgan’s release