SeaWorld’s killer whale filmed repeatedly bashing into gate

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(Video via Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project)
This recent video is disturbing, and raises the question of what SeaWorld plans to do with their six orcas that are housed at an amusement park in the Canary Islands off the coast of Africa.
Four of the orcas were sent to the park (Loro Parque) on a breeding loan, the fifth was born there, and the sixth, a young female named Morgan, was rescued and kept in captivity despite international protest. Although not officially confirmed, it is believed to be Morgan in the video above.
SeaWorld is undergoing rapid and significant change, and deserves time to demonstrate their sincerity and commitment to their avowed promise to improve life for the captive whales. Yet if they really do have their priorities straight, unlike the previous leaders (Orca Morgan’s fate follows the golden rule – those who have the gold make the rules), they will take action for their whales at Loro Parque and not just the orcas on American soil.
The whales in Loro Parque might be out of sight, but they are not out of mind.
The Free Morgan Foundation spearheads an effort to grant Morgan freedom under European law and continues to monitor Morgan and the other whales at Loro Parque. Their reports are grim and underscore the need for SeaWorld to take the reins and do something about the conditions at that park:

(Executive Summary)
Morgan was to be held at Loro Parque as an interim measure whilst the legality of her continued captivity was debated. The main consideration stated as to why she was sent to this facility, despite data to show otherwise, was so she could socialise with other orca.
Since her transfer she has been brutally and continually attacked and is subjected to excessive sexual pressure from a male orca who she is often locked into the same tank with.
The author observed Morgan for 77 hours and 16 minutes, over eight days (spread over a 24 day period). During that time-fame, an unprecedented 91 aggression events were documented, all involving Morgan. A similar study, looking at aggression in captive orca (observing them for 1,872 hours, i.e., 78 days) recorded only eight aggressive episodes.
Morgan, was attacked, on average, more than once an hour. The other study recorded an aggressive episode only once every 234 hours.
Put another way, Morgan is over than 100 times more like likely to be attacked at Loro Parque than the orca in the other study. Since her arrival at Loro Parque, Morgan has been inflicted with more than 320 puncture and bite marks (all documented by photographs).
This does not include the damage she has self-inflicted from abnormal and repetitive behaviours such as banging her head on the concrete tanks.
Additionally, Morgan is wearing her teeth down from chewing on the concrete. Teeth wear in captive orca often leads to infections. These abnormal behaviours are a direct result of boredom from being held in a featureless environment in which she is provided little if any stimulation.
There is a clear lack of empathy for this animal from the trainers, who ignore her calls for attention and her cries for help and disregard aggressive attacks on her by the other animals, even when they are within meters of these events when they occur. (From Report on the Physical & Behavioural Status of Morgan, the Wild-Born Orca held in Captivity, at Loro Parque, Tenerife, Spain).

Morgan has been documented repeatedly bashing her head against the side of the gate opening mechanism.  (
Morgan has been documented repeatedly bashing her head against the side of the gate opening mechanism. (
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