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TENERIFE, SPAIN — Morgan the orca whale has endured a rough few years after being rescued from the waters near the Netherlands back in 2010. A video released this week shows the young whale beaching herself, leading many to believe she was attempting to commit suicide. Found severely emaciated and dying in 2010, a local theme park known as Dolfinarium Harderwijk was able to acquire a “rescue, rehabilitate and release” permit from the Dutch government that would allow her to be taken in. After months of rehab, Morgan was brought back to full health. Rather than send her back to the wild as promised though, she was taught tricks and kept in small tanks over the course of 18 months. Eventually she was sent over to another theme park in Spain called Loro Parque, which happens to be owned by SeaWorld. Activist organizations have reported that since she’s been there, Morgan’s been forced to perform for the public, and is constantly subjected to sexual pressure by male orca whales, even though she’s believed to be very young. The video, which was recorded on May 16 and released by Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project, shows Morgan beaching herself on a concrete ledge after a performance in the Canary Islands. According to witnesses, she waited there for more than ten minutes. While many are speculating the act was a suicide attempt, other experts are not so sure, saying she may have instead been trying to escape from other orcas bullying her. A video, released earlier this year, shows Morgan banging her head against the gates of a medical pool she was in. Dolphin Project claims she was trying to escape the pool, as she was being held in with another male whale. Loro Parque says those claims are exaggerated, and that Morgan was instead releasing pent up sexual energy. Morgan was the first wild orca brought into captivity in roughly 25 years, which makes her invaluable to captive breeding programs. In March of this year, SeaWorld announced the end to captive breeding at their U.S. parks, but the same agreement is not in place for its international parks. Organizations like Dolphin Project and the Free Morgan Foundation continue to work against Morgan’s captors, so that one day, she may once again swim free. For more information and updates on Morgan’s story, visit www.dolphinproject.com. ----------------------------------------­--------------------- Welcome to TomoNews, where we animate the most entertaining news on the internets. Come here for an animated look at viral headlines, US news, celebrity gossip, salacious scandals, dumb criminals and much more! Subscribe now for daily news animations that will knock your socks off. Visit our official website for all the latest, uncensored videos: http://us.tomonews.com Check out our Android app:http://bit.ly/1sYjIzc Check out our iOS app: http://bit.ly/1gO3z1f Get top stories delivered to your inbox everyday: http://bit.ly/tomo-newsletter Stay connected with us here: Facebook http://www.facebook.com/TomoNewsUS Twitter @tomonewsus http://www.twitter.com/TomoNewsUS Google+ http://plus.google.com/+TomoNewsUS/ Instagram @tomonewsus http://instagram.com/tomonewsus -~-~~-~~~-~~-~- Please watch: "Crying dog breaks the internet’s heart — but this sad dog story has a happy ending" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4prKTN9bYQc -~-~~-~~~-~~-~-
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Spiritual Gifts (1 month ago)
NO WAY WERE THEY PLANNING ON RELEASING THE POOR WHALE!! ITS CRUEL WHAT SEAWORLD ARE DOING AND THEY NEED TO DO A REHABILITATION PROGRAM TO RELEASE THEM INTO THE SEA. THE POOR ORCAS ARE SLAVES TO THE HUMAN KIND AND ITS ALL FOR MONEY!! GREEDY PEOPLE THEY. WHILST THEIR RICH THE POOR ANIMALS HAVE TO SUFFER!! ITS NOT RIGHT!!
LynnSki76 (1 month ago)
Suicide attempt or not,she must have been pretty desperate to do that to herself,the fact she was there at least 10 mins & selfies were getting taken,just shows the kind of heartless idiots that visit these places,i can't believe they've allowed an underage,deaf,mentally distressed whale to become pregnant
Ryan Park (2 months ago)
IT SHOULD BE ILLEGAL TO KEEP ANY SENTIENT HUMAN LIKE CREATURES IN CAPTIVITY. ORCA vs HUMAN? THEY ARE THE SAME! LET THEM GO!
gmsoyls (2 months ago)
Spain won't adhere to seaworlds decree. Look at how the Spaniards treat bulls in a ring.
Bella (4 months ago)
Orlando Florida news
Bella (4 months ago)
This so sad. And wrong
Anya Arkhipchenko (4 months ago)
I hate working for seaworld
Amy Smith (5 months ago)
Sad thing
Let your light shine (6 months ago)
This is so sad,Hugo died by committing suicide,and saddly it seems to be what is happening to Morgan,this is so sad.
free wifi (6 months ago)
Morgan have crippling depression
Xecnalxes (6 months ago)
Lol
Jill (6 months ago)
Horrible shameful....the only thing they understand is money.....stop funding them
mr me (6 months ago)
Should have been released back to the wild where she came from this has corporate America written all over it 💥
Carey Lynn (6 months ago)
This is Keiko all over again, so sad. Set her free!!
Lindsay Smith (6 months ago)
This is not ok. DO SOMETHING!!!
Katy Pardee (6 months ago)
#SEAWORLD you should have released her!! Very sad this is why no one trust you!! Totally disgraceful!! She is depressed! Why do you refuse to do what is right by the whale and others in Captivity?? LET HER GO!! LET Lolita Go!!
Robin van Beem (6 months ago)
so many people from the netherlands hated this. everyone wanted to set the orca free. but the goverment just didnt want to
kaitlin mendes (7 months ago)
I went to sea world with my friend’s family last summer because her little sister wanted me to go and she just turned 2 so I couldn’t say no. When we went, they started one of their shows and we watched and I couldn’t help but feel empathy for those poor things. You could just see in their eyes how sad they were :(
It’s Italey (7 months ago)
You can tell Morgan is sad let her free stop just taking whales away the ocean
Katelin is here (7 months ago)
She can be released please release her.
алиса ли (7 months ago)
People Do not go to Sea World.
marleentjebond (7 months ago)
Omg Morgan I know her for a long time ago I Com from the netherland is she A life? where is she? 😯 everybody says she was free but they lie 😪
Ghostwing (6 months ago)
marleentjebond will you be my girl friend?
edgy?? ?? (7 months ago)
They’re not helping
Michelle Stigt (7 months ago)
Guys I am from the Netherlands the reason they didn't release her is because she is deaf. They felt like she could not save herself in the wild so thought that this was the most humane option
Bella (4 months ago)
Jack Your right. Orcas take care of their own. In a book I just finished a whale got cut by a boat in three places. She swims slow. She has a babysitter that helps her and pushes her if they need to go faster. So if this whale is deaf which I doubt wasor is the pod would take care of her. Deaf or not she is smart enough to beach herself and be unhappy. Seaworld probably made her deaf to keep her. But she can do tricks. She won’t live long I bet .
jac (5 months ago)
Michelle Stigt that is not true. loco parque only led on to believe she was deaf, right before they got her pregnant and before her estimated release as a trick to keep her longer. EVEN if she is deaf, she wasnt when she was “rescued”. EVEN if she is dead there are findings that shows orcas help eachother out in the wild within their pods because theyre highly intelligent animals. EVEN if her pod wouldnt accept her, death in the ocean would still be more humane then the horror conditions of loco parque
Arianne Timmerarends (7 months ago)
You should know that she is deaf and they couldnt find her family. Because of her young age, she couldnt go back in the wild. This sollution isnt the best one, I know... But what did they have to do then?
jac (5 months ago)
there are freeing programs that use seapens to let her acclomatise to the sea and sounds. if they put that pen around her pod, she might interact with her fmaily. if her observes see that she is doing well, she can be eventually released
Constanza Puppypaw (6 months ago)
Arianne Timmerarends send her back where she belongs. Ever heard of "survival of the fittest"?! Nature decides who lives and who not. We dont have te right to play for God!
Makayla Komrosky (7 months ago)
He says rescued from the waters NOOOOOOO she was ripped from her pod and taught ticks and stayed in small tanks and was shipped all over she needs to be given to a sanctuary and stop doing these mindless tricks especially since she's so smart all these orcas are yet they are doing tricks for what FOR OUR ENTERTAINMENT god people need to look around for once!!!!!
default channel (8 months ago)
Compare this young orca like a young human girl, you separate her from her mother, keep her in a cage with sexually driven men, who constantly bully and take her, at this point which girl wouldn't want to die
Oscar T (8 months ago)
Wow!!! That’s Slavery
Kassandra Flores (8 months ago)
i hope humans get extinct soon
Inner Curiosity (8 months ago)
Bloody scummy water parks !
Kalinin Dippy (9 months ago)
Fuck all you stupid fools. This is wrong and your ideas are shit. Truth is you should all kill yourselves.
Tracy Sault (9 months ago)
Can you blame her?
Shavon Ford (9 months ago)
Shamu is gone, tillikum is gone. She might be next up to go if they don't set her free. Set them all free!
Horses LoL (9 months ago)
They are soooo mad that they decided to commit Suicide or they try to kill the trainers they are like overside fishes cramped in a small fish tank😡😡😡👎👎
Emily Rhinier (9 months ago)
This makes me sick, sea world needs to be shut down and all the orcas (and all the mammals and fish) freed!!! Humans are so selfish!!!
I remember Morgan! Last time I was there, she couldn't perform because of some 'love-issues'...
Goob (9 months ago)
She did not beach herself, she was forced to do a trick, and once she did, a orca went up to her and pushed her, making her slide away from the simple edge, and she flipped out while people were watching, and TWO WORKERS were sitting there just walking around her, and left her to technically die.
Linda Thomas (10 months ago)
you creeps, send her back to her family!!!  Cant stand you!!
Owen Norbury (10 months ago)
Hi liars, she was not released because she has hearing problems and can’t communicate with orcas properly
Jack H (10 months ago)
"Rescued" Shouldve let the whale die It already died along time ago.
Kate Reaves (10 months ago)
So sad
Jeoni Tao (10 months ago)
It's a dam shame people for the price of a ticket
LJ Camacho (10 months ago)
Yes
Poor, Poor thing...
Picket Fence (11 months ago)
I live on the Puget Sound. Send Morgan home to her pod.
JuJu123 (11 months ago)
Rescue MMM... More like Stolen
Ms Sunshiine (11 months ago)
My heart is breaking while seeing this Video! Empty the tanks!!
Mateo van der Heide (11 months ago)
This isn't seaworld, but somewhere in spain.
Rebecca Zauch (11 months ago)
The one with last vedio
Maya A (1 year ago)
And was deprived from freedom and saved to be tortured
Natasja de Groot (1 year ago)
Morgan is deaf when she returns to the sea she would die. morgan likes it so this video is bullshit.
_.laggy ._ (1 year ago)
Natasja de Groot how you know she likes it? DID YOU TALK TO HER? she is death cause of all that loud FUCKN music
Animal Lover (1 year ago)
They kept her in captivity because she has hearing problems and she need echolocation in order to get food! So all those foundations can you please stop because all your work are no good and you guys don't understand the treatment they get every... single... day!!!
DarkCloudSeungho (1 year ago)
Funny how no one notices that millions of other animals are being held in the same conditions or worse waiting to be slaughtered for food. But hey i mean not going to seaworld is easy enough, changing your eating habits is where it stops.
Switzerland Ball (1 year ago)
Hopefully an asteroid hits earth and makes humans go extinct! I'm a human but I'll just sit back with lemonade and watch the world as we know it be destroyed than I die...
Tracy Hughes (1 year ago)
she is not the first wild orca brought into the parks in 25 years, both china and russia have recently aquired at least 6 known up to 12 wild caught orcas for parks and breeding projects
Madiis (1 year ago)
I'd rather end whaling and killing dolphins and keep seaworld
DarkCloudSeungho (1 year ago)
Madiis honestly I'd rather be dead than in a bathtub sized prison for the rest of my life
madworld52 (1 year ago)
so so fucking sad man:( Why do they do that to these whales?!
All About Orcas (1 year ago)
She can't be released because she is deaf and can't her use echolocation. But of course everyone ignores that fact.
_uniqness _ (1 year ago)
if they knew they were bullying her and harassing her and putting her in small tanks of water why did none of the workers did shit nothing about it? i don't believe anyone working was this heartless but I bet they symphatized but did nothing because it was just their jobs and sometimes that's even worse then being heartless. do something when u have the authorities to goddamnit
Danielle 1244 (1 year ago)
"Rehabilitate" BULLSHIT ITS ALL BULLSHIT BOYCOT SEAWORLD AND ANY PLACE THE KEEPS ANIMALS IN PRISON!!!!
Malias Harmonica (1 year ago)
Morgan isn't at SeaWorld.
Lil Smoke vape tv (1 year ago)
ITS not human problem it's sea world how they treat them
Josh Foreman (1 year ago)
how can should be released back in the wild if she's death this video is irrelevant
I will never buy the Loro parque feed for my parrot!!! Sorry for the English but I am from Bulgaria.
Madeline Glenn (1 year ago)
seaworld needs to fucking die
Kate Isaac (1 year ago)
what the hell the only reasons they could have her bc they have promise to return her to the wild so the law have the rights to take her back and put her back where she need to be !!!
Rena Smith (1 year ago)
We tried that with free Willy and it failed. Setting him free was the death of him with complications.
TheMabes69 (1 year ago)
this and zoos make me so damn angry
sammy man9000 (1 year ago)
What assholes. They nurse an orca back to health just so they keep it and teach it tricks?! That's low
Teagan Wolfe (1 year ago)
Fuck sea world.....I hate them...never go there wver.
Mirthe M (1 year ago)
I'm from the Netherlands, I went to Morgan while she was there, I was very young and ofcourse didn't know anything about animal rights. I just loved seeing killer whales so when I heard one was close by I dragged my parents with me to the 'dolfinarium'. back then they told us that she was going back into the wild, it made me very happ to know because even me as an 7 year old knew that this was a tiny tank. it makes me so sad to find out that we were told lies and that she is still in captivity.
Lps Fun live (1 year ago)
Poor Morgan
Rebecca Zauch (1 year ago)
I feel bad for the orca 😩
ReviewCam (1 year ago)
She should have been released
T. Angel Buddy (1 year ago)
This is atrocious! where is the rehabilitation and RELEASE !!!! this has to stop now! 😡😥🐳🐬
Caitlyn Kelly (7 months ago)
THEY WHERE GOING TO RELEASE HER BUT THE DUTCH GOVERNMENT DEEMED HER UNRELEASABLE MAKING IT ILLEGAL TO PUT HER BACK INTO THE WILD. WHERE SHE WOULD ONLY DIE BECAUSE SHE WAS DEAF AND HER BELIEVED POD HASN'T BEEN SEEN SINCE 2005!
Another Ginger (1 year ago)
"RESCUED"
M.K.M. (1 year ago)
What have we done? https://www.netflix.com/title/70267802
Phenomenal Orlando (1 year ago)
Guys this is a lie SeaWorld has nothing to do with this 1... and 2 she's deaf it's good for her to be here to be taken care of
_.laggy ._ (1 year ago)
Aaron Rosenthal she's death cause ALL THAT FUCKING MUSIC
05dal (1 year ago)
Morgan is young, they know that, right? And they still made her swim with the other whales (who, I'm sure, didn't have natural mate at that time)! It's like throwing a little girl down a pit full of psychotic rapists! Look at Morgan beaching herself on that sideline, pressed against the corner, looking so depressed and frightened. Dang, people, where's your heart?
ITS ORCA OCEAN GUYS NOT A SEAWORLD BRUH!
Its Orca Ocean not SeaWorld
NVM
Pariya Ahmadi (1 year ago)
poor animals. fuck humans
robert Last (1 year ago)
Humans are heartless. Leave them in the ocean where they belong. A wise person once told me, God (Jesus) is just waiting to we completely destroy everything that he created. We are doing it at a fast rate. I heard Polar bears will probably be extinct in the next 20 to 30 years.
May Gonzales (1 year ago)
This breaks my heart, I appreciate the fact that all around the world, orca captures seem to be halting so maybe their population can grow and no more can live in captivity. I appreciate that they're doubling tank size and ending the orca breeding program. I do. But look into that animal's eyes and tell me it's happy. How can people still go to these facilities, how can they ignore the animal's obvious sufferings. There have been multiple orca suicide attempts in captivity, these animal's are incredibly intelligent and emotional. How can you go to any of these shows and think this is natural, that they look happy. It would essentially be locking up a 12 year old in a bath tub she can barely move around it. And only giving her extra food to quell hunger when she did a barrel roll. Then you introduce 3 or 4 random strangers who speak different languages and feel and think in this already cramped space. Then the only way to entertain yourself from endless boredom, to swim in cramped circles all day, every second. Then seeing people laugh and take pictures and screaming and blaring music every few hours. How could anyone go here and think that these animals are anywhere near happy.
Nat Del (1 year ago)
Et dire qu'il y a des gens qui aiment voir ces pauvres animaux en captivité. Honte à ceux qui détiennent ces parcs, vous êtes des psychopathes ! Libérez les orques captives et pour celles qui sont trop détruites par la captivité, laissez les finir leurs jours dans des sanctuaires marins.
zoos.media (1 year ago)
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Anahera Wineera (1 year ago)
human are evils
Difity (1 year ago)
put her in the wild
Lin Lin (1 year ago)
set her free
TheNewClassic (1 year ago)
I feel bad...
poot and beans (1 year ago)
Seaworld should be sued! It is against the law to capture a wild orca and keep them for entertainment purposes. The law was passed in the 1970s. They captured Morgan under false pretenses (it was supposed to be treat and then release and instead they kept her). Furthermore, wild female orcas don't start breeding until at least 14 years of age. Morgan is around 6. She is beaching herself to get away from the male orcas that want to rape and bully her. Seaworld also wants to start breeding her, something they promised they would stop doing. What the hell is wrong with you Seaworld!!!! Orcas are just as smart as humans, if not smarter. Their excuse of "we can't send captive wales back into the wild or they will die" is bullshit. You don't think they are smart enough to figure out how to hunt?? Captive wales that grew up in captivity have shown hunting skills with birds and whatever else comes into their tanks. Look at Keiko, who was released back into the wild after years in captivity. He lived for 5 years before he got pneumonia and died...and that was without a pod. Imagine what they would do if released in pods? Everyone says captive whales that grew up in captivity won't survive if released, but it has never been tested...so how would they know? They are imaginative and intelligent creatures. That's like saying a child who is kidnapped and missing for 40 years shouldn't be released from her captor because she wouldn't remember how to act if she was back with her family. Imagine having a 6 year old daughter and she gets sick. You take her to the hospital and she gets better. Then, to your surprise and horror instead of the hospital returning her they decide that putting her in foster care is better. Imagine your daughter being put into a family made to do tricks and constantly having to hide from other members of that family from fear of being bullied and other unmentionables. What difference does it make that one is human and one is a whale? Every being deserves to be with their own family! Seaworld, you are a disgusting organization. You promised you would no longer breed your whales and yet here you are, trying to breed a wild orca. Sick!
Aaron (1 month ago)
i agree but the whale cant be in the wild anymore it has lost its family and cant survive
Boyton (2 months ago)
its actually in the canary islands
Toni Grosso (3 months ago)
Ruby Castillo Her website tells her whole story and abuse photos. Free Morgan Foundation
Toni Grosso (3 months ago)
Galaxy Gaming SeaWorld owns her and another here.
Chocotreacle (1 year ago)
She has a hearing impairment and is the reason why she had to stay in captivity as she would be unable to navigate. Unfortunately they could not find the location of her own pod but did know which one it was.
Elisabeth Werre (1 year ago)
I'm not a PETA person, but dang this is awful :(
victoria (1 year ago)
Elisabeth Werre you dont have to like PETA to know this is wrong
Any thing to exploit an innocent animal. 😡😡😡
littel tings (8 months ago)
The Lord hears the cry of the poor Clara e
Ravenclaw Student (1 year ago)
FUCK YOU seaworld, FUCK YOU
emma aps (10 months ago)
Galaxy Gaming WHO CARES??? Are they a facility that keeps captive orcas in barren concrete pools on land? then they are greedy, selfish, heartless bastards. No matter what they call themselves. Loro Parque, Marineland, Seaworld whatever their name is, in the end they're all the same. If seaworld could get away with smaller tanks, it woulden't hesitate to do it.
Galaxia Gaming (11 months ago)
Ravenclaw Student THIS IS NOT SEA WORLD THIS IS IN SPAIN!!!!!
TheRailwaystationist (1 year ago)
And more importantly, fuck all those who give Seaworld money and keep them in business.
Let your light shine (1 year ago)
Morgan was born on captivity , her mom lives in seaworld and when they brought Morgan to spain her mom cried , the same thing happend with the moms of the other moms of the other orcas.
Aaron (1 month ago)
FreyaxMikaelson morgan was wild and found in the netherlands and lived in harderwijk then sold to loro parque and it cant go back to the wild amd loro parque is a good park that takes care of the animals
Toni Grosso (2 months ago)
Caitlyn Kelly The permit is online. The captain of the boat gave the footage of her capture. She wasn't stranded like they said. And wouldn't release her because they said she had behavioral problems. Made it up to keep her. They charged people to look at her in her rescue pool that she could literally stand up in it was so shallow. She recovered quickly and the deaf thing is going back and forth. To young to be pregnant. Gave her hormones. They did the same with 13 dolphins. Sent them to parks. Luckily some of them were released and are doing well.
Toni Grosso (2 months ago)
FreyaxMikaelson Morgan was captured in the Netherlands in 2011. She was born in the ocean.
Jamie (1 year ago)
http://www.freemorgan.org/
EarlyMisty_ (1 year ago)
poor animal :'-( humans have no rights to do that!
MrSylvester1972 (1 year ago)
Hmmmm good to know...I am from the Netherlands and will never ever go to the Dolfinarium....will never ever support it....they say they are here to help, but all they want is money. Just makes me sick. This Orca should have been released into the wild after it was all healthy again.
victoria (1 year ago)
MrSylvester1972 exactly

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