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Judge Blocks Orca Export

Rescued whale won't go to marine park

A Dutch judge has blocked a Seaworld-affiliated marine park from exporting a rescued juvenile orca currently being held in a Netherlands aquarium. The whale, called Morgan, will instead be moved to a larger tank with a group of dolphins at the Harderwijk Dolphinarium in the Netherlands while scientists explore the possibility of reintroducing her to the wild. Morgan had been slated to go to the Loro Parque marine park in Spain's Canary Islands. "This is the first time in history that the export of an orca has been blocked by a judge," Wietse van der Wert of the Orca Coalition of Holland told the Associated Press. "It exposes the international trade among dolphinariums as a very lucrative industry." Researchers working with the advocacy group have said that Morgan, who has only been in captivity a year, is a prime candidate for reintroduction, while scientists arguing for the marine park say that she would not likely survive in the wild.

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