Orcas in the wild have an average life expectancy of 30 to 50 years—their estimated maximum life span is 60 to 70 years for males and 80 to more than 100 for females. The median age of orcas in captivity is only 9.
Suicide Attempts From intentionally flinging themselves out of their tanks to swallowing inedible stones, many dolphins and orcas have decided a life in a tank is a life not worth living. There have been many records of captive cetacean suicide attempts. If this isn’t an absolutely determinate sign these animals don’t belong in confined spaces, what is?
Heartbreaking Images of Dolphins in Drained Aquariums the Result of ‘Routine’ Practice, Says Ric O’Barry. The cruel and unusual cleaning method occurs at all ‘51 dolphin abusement parks in Japan,’ says ‘The Cove’ star.