Orca Morgan doing well in Tenereife or not?

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In response to media attention to Morgan the Orca in Tenerife, the Orca Coalition says it is concerned about the killer whale's wellbeing. The whale was transported from a theme park in the Netherlands to an sea life park in Tenerife last month, after the coalition failed to persuade the courts that the mammal should be released into the wild.

The coalition say the mammal is lying in a corner of the pool and is making stress signals. It also says the animal has injuries on its back. It bases these claims on reports from visitors to the Spanish Loro Parque.

The whale was rescued in a weak condition from the sea off the Dutch coast in 2010. After it recovered at the Dolfinarium in the Dutch town of Harderwijk, she was transported to the Spanish island. The coalition still wants the mammal returned to sea.

The Dolfinarium says they have only had positive reports on its former resident in Loro Parque. “We have heard from Morgan’s trainers that she is doing well,” said a spokesperson.

Dutch public television showed a film of Morgan in Loro Parque swimming with the other orcas. Her trainer said “Everyone can see she is getting on with the other orcas. She likes being with other animals..."

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