Target: Joel Manby, CEO of SeaWorld
Goal: Free previously wild orca who beached herself after a performance, presumably out of distress.
It is highly unnatural for an orca to beach itself for an extended period of time, but that is exactly what Morgan the orca did. After a performance, Morgan beached herself on the side of the pool for at least 10 minutes, laying motionless while spectators got up to leave. This is a sign that Morgan should not be kept any longer in captivity, and should instead be returned to the ocean from whence she came.
Orcas are known to sometimes beach themselves temporarily while hunting, but never for as long as 10 minutes. It is extremely dangerous for orcas to be out of the water for too long, as they need the water’s buoyancy to help keep their massive weight from crushing their internal organs. Morgan intentionally beaching herself could be seen as a suicidal move, which shows her living conditions to be less than desirable.
Morgan was first taken in by the Harderwijk Dolphinarium after she was found swimming off the Dutch coast, ill and emaciated. The Dolphinarium did this to rehabilitate her, but instead of releasing her back into the ocean, she was shipped to Loro Parque, a theme park owned by SeaWorld in Spain’s Canary Islands. There she lives a miserable life. Beaching herself was only the latest harmful thing to happen to her, with past records of her banging her head repeatedly against a metal grate and other orcas attacking her.
Morgan is not meant to be a performing animal. Unlike many of SeaWorld’s orcas, she was not bred in captivity, but instead knows what it’s like to swim free. Her current living conditions are harming her health, and her beaching herself is a message saying that all of this needs to stop. Sign this petition to demand that Morgan be released back into the ocean, where she belongs.
Dear Mr. Manby,
SeaWorld did the right thing when it announced that it would stop its orca breeding program. However, there is one orca in captivity that needs to be released immediately.
Her name is Morgan, and she used to swim free in the ocean before she was shipped to Loro Parque, a theme park that SeaWorld owns in Spain. She is absolutely miserable, as is proven by her beaching herself for at least 10 minutes after a performance. She also has harmed herself in the past by repeatedly banging her head against a metal grate, and is often attacked by the other orcas. These are surely signs that she should not be held in captivity any longer.
Morgan knows what it is like to swim free, and to continue to keep her in captivity would be just plain cruel. Please release Morgan back into the sea so that she can be happy and free again.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Rojer