Friday, September 9, 2011

SeaWorld in the news; Morgan the orca

Dawn Brancheau's family is suing in federal court asking that OSHA, which investigated her 2010 killing by Tilikum (they recently fined the theme park for violations, which SeaWorld is contesting), not release images of the event.

In related news, SeaWorld is involved in opposing the freeing of another orca, Morgan, from the Dolfinarium Harderwijk in the Netherlands and pushing for her to be sent to Loro Parque in the Canary Islands. An international campaign has been mounted to get Morgan released back into the wild, including scientists like New Zealand orca expert Ingrid Visser, who has argued that captivity is already taking a serious toll on Morgan's health. According to the article linked to above, a judge in the Netherlands is deciding on Morgan's fate today.

Visser's organization the Orca Research Trust reports that a program about Morgan co-produced by the BBC and the Discovery Channel was to begin airing last week in the UK, but I can't find any information about it on the Discovery Channel's site. Is it a simple delay, or is someone blocking its airing in the US? Any information would be much appreciated.

***CORRECTION***: Ah. The documentary isn't about Morgan but more generally about their work and a NZ orca they rescued.

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