Hargrove attributes orca whale aggression to their captivity rather than their natural demeanor.
Wild orcas tend to live 50 years on average and can live up to 3-4 more decades. On Saturday, Freya died after only 32 years of life.
Marineland was quick to defend the park's "conservation mission." Near the end of the post announcing Freya's death, the amusement park included a line propagating the park's success. They also noted that the park will publicly release a study detailing the causes of her death.
Below is Marineland's complete post as translated by Translate.Google.com:
Marineland announced the sad news Freya, the eldest orca in family, died after a long illness.
After more than 32 years with [her] trainers and [her] group of orcas, the matriarch leaves today Wikie, Inouk, Valentin, Moana and Keijo all born the Park.
The team trainers, veterinarians and experts have devoted their efforts for several months to heal [Freya]. They made sure she had no pain and in that time, Freya stayed with [her] social group.
Analyses will be performed by a veterinary expert team, to know the cause of death. The findings will be published.
The many births also in recent years (the Moana and Keijo orcas, polar bear cub Hope, gray baby sharks, turtles ...) comfort the teams in the success of the park conservation missions.