April 26, 2016
Is This Morgan?
Shot by an anonymous activist, this new, shocking footage shows one of the orcas at Loro Parque, a zoo located in Tenerife, Spain, panicking in a small medical pool.
The orca is obviously in huge distress and rams its head forcefully against the metal gate in what seems to be an attempt to escape. Loro Parque is the largest tourist attraction in Spain. SeaWorld owns all six orcas at the park, including Morgan who was captured off the coast of the Netherlands in June of 2010. The orcas at Loro Parque are trained to perform for food several times a day in front of large, cheering audiences. This video shows the amount of stress and cruelty imposed on orcas as a result of confinement to small, barren tanks.
Ric and I traveled to Loro Parque last year to carry out an investigation of Loro Parque’s orca display, which ironically, is called “Orca Ocean.” We were shocked at the poor living conditions and commercial exploitation of the orcas and bottlenose dolphins there.
Click the link below to watch the video of the incident on Dolphin Project.net
Twitter later identified Morgan as the orca in the med pool and Tekoa on the other side of the gate.
Personally to me it doesn’t look as though Morgan is panicking in the med pool but rather that she wants access to Tekoa and is frustrated that she can’t reach him. The question for me is if she wanted companionship or wanted to start an aggressive incident with him.