According to Stefan Jacobs at the Center for Whale Research, yes, captive orcas live significantly shorter lives than their free counterparts. Moreover, marine parks say that their orcas don’t live much longer than 20 years. In the wild, however, female orcas can live as long as 50 years! Click the citation to see graphs of captive orca life expectancy.
No, orcas do not handle captivity well. Currently, there are more captive orcas dying than are being born.
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