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A Southern Resident killer whale leaps into the air. The Southern Residents are an endangered population of fish-eating killer whales. Credit: NOAA

Southern Resident Orcas Receive Oregon Endangered Species Protections

February 16, 2024 - Contact: Regina Asmutis-Silvia, Whale and Dolphin Conservation, (508) 451-3853, [email protected] Brady...
Pilgrim and her calf in December 2022 © Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, taken under NOAA permit #20556-01

Critically endangered whale dies due to inaction of Biden administration

Pilgrim and her calf in December 2022 © Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, taken...
© Clearwater Marine Aquarium Research Institute, taken under NOAA permit 24359. Funded by NOAA Fisheries and Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

Critically endangered North Atlantic right whale found dead off Georgia’s coast

February 13, 2024 - On February 13, a North Atlantic right whale was reported dead...
#5120 not entangled in July 2021 
© Gine Lonati, University of New Brunswick. Taken under DFO Canada Sara Permit

Entanglement rope of North Atlantic right whale identified

On February 14th, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) announced it had identified the fishing...

A new appeal which gives fresh hope for the release of Morgan the captive orca has been filed in the Netherlands.
 
Morgan was taken from the wild off the Dutch coast back in June 2010 but, instead of being released back (as agreed) into her natural habitat after she had returned to full health, she was put on public display in a small tank at the Harderwijk dolphinarium in the Netherlands, and eventually transported to the Loro Parque facility in Spain in November 2011 where she now has to perform tricks for food in shows to entertain the public.
 
WDC, part of the Free Morgan Group, fought hard to have Morgan returned to the wild but a court ruling in December, 2012 stated that Morgan was to remain at Loro Parque on the island of Tenerife. Part of the reasoning behind this decision was that Loro Parque is listed as a zoo and so there was some ‘educational’ value in keeping Morgan at the theme park.

However, thanks in part to a report from WDC and the Born Free Foundation, there now seems to be new hope in sight.

In that report, WDC points out that being listed as a zoo doesn’t necessarily mean the dolphinaria meet legal requirements, and that shows involving Morgan may not be educational. Photographs and observations from Loro Parque show that Morgan has been rammed, bitten and attacked by the other orcas and has been seen banging her chin on the concrete walls and chewing on the concrete of the tanks, resulting in her teeth being worn off.
 
An appeal against Morgan’s’ continued capture has now been filed in the Netherlands by the Orka Coalitie (consisting of Dutch campaign groups) and the Free Morgan Foundation and we await a date for the appeal hearing.