Title: Captive Whale Tries To Beach Herself to Avoid Being Bullying
Category: News & Opinion
Tags: Morgan, captive orca, captive whales, free morgan
Teaser: A whale so distraught from captivity and being bullied, she beaches herself.
Article: How many times do we need to see captive animals distressed before they are released? It’s not entertaining or amusing, so why are they still being tortured into jumping through hoops and performing on demand? No matter how you label it suicide or beaching, the bottom line, Morgan, one of SeaWorld’s orcas is in deep distress, so much so, that it would risk dying than be held in captivity.
Caption: Morgan beaching herself to avoid bullying. (Photo courtesy Dolphin Project)
Suicide or a cry for help?
Recently, a video has emerged showing Morgan, a captive orca, beaching herself on the side of her tank. The video published shows Morgan lying on the concrete near …show more content…
Caption: Orcas in small containment area covered in bite marks. (Photo courtesy Dolphin Project)
Strange and dangerous behavior
But in truth. strange and even dangerous behavior is nothing new for SeaWorld 's orcas. — they 've been spotted floating for hours on end, according to the Dodo. They’ve also been spotted "pacing" their tanks, smashing their teeth off on tank walls and seriously injuring each other. Back in April of this year, video was taken of Morgan in panic, banging her head repeatedly into a metal grate.
So, no matter what excuse is given by Loro Parque or SeaWorld, nothing justifies the alarming and heartbreaking behavior displayed by Morgan — except of course that her life in captivity hasn 't been easy. In addition to the normal stress of captivity, Morgan has reportedly been targeted by the other orcas and is regularly bullied. It’s time to set her free.
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