According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, wild female orcas usually live for about 50 or 60 years -- although killer whales as old as 90 are not unheard of. SeaWorld, however, contends that "No one knows for sure how long killer whales live."
That might be because impressive ages like Granny's have never been mirrored in captivity. For whales born at SeaWorld and other aquaria, says the Whale and Dolphin Conservation, the average life span -- excluding stillborn orcas -- is only 4.5 years.
SeaWorld and marine parks profit off keeping orcas and other marine animals in captivity -- despite evidence that captivity not only induces unnatural behaviors in whales, but also endangers trainers. Join us in pledging never to visit SeaWorld or other marine parks until they empty their orca tanks.
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