The Netherlands is one of 15 EU Member States keeping dolphins in captivity. Dolfinarium Harderwijk holds a reported 31 bottlenose dolphins, nine harbour porpoises and one orca. The orca, Morgan, is a young female orca who was found alone in the Wadden Sea in June 2010 and was taken into captivity at the dolphinarium. Since then she has recovered health and weight, yet she remains in captivity.
WDCS fears for Morgan’s continued incarceration and has joined the Free Morgan Group to call for a multi-stage rehabilitation programme to return her to her native waters and family. Sadly, in November 2011 a Dutch court ruled that Morgan should be transferred and condemned to a life in captivity at a marine park in Tenerife. Find out more.
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