Do Sea World’s Orcas Have The Same Lifespan As Those In The Wild?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASome people claim that the orcas at Sea World do not live near as long at Sea World as they would in the wild. Is this true? Actually, no one knows. Comparing the life spans of wild orcas and Sea World’s orcas can easily give misleading or false information.

Female orcas in the wild normally live about 30 years and males live about 19 years in the Pacific Northwest. In Southeastern Alaska females live into their fifties and males to their late thirties. So, in those two parts of the world male orcas live 19-30 years and females live 30-50 years. Sea World has several orcas in their thirties along with another that is close to fifty. Of course, in the wild, orcas live with the dangers of starvation, underground whaling, disease, injuries, and pollution. At Sea World, orcas don’t have to worry about starving, whaling or being polluted, and if they get sick or injured they receive expert care from vets.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASo we can’t really know if Sea World’s orcas have the same life span as those in the wild. Some whales at Sea World have died at young ages, but that appears to be normal in the wild. In many parts of the world wild orca calves suddenly die at a few months old. This has also happened at Sea World, but for the most part Sea World’s orcas are living as long as wild ones.

3 Facts About Sea World’s Killer Whales that Sea World critics don’t want you to know


Here are three facts about Sea World’s killer whales that Sea World critics don’t want you to know:

  • Sea World does not capture killer whales from the ocean and hasn’t for over 35 years.
  • Sea World sets the highest standard of care for marine mammals in the world
  • Research shows that Sea World’s killer whales live as long as wild ones.

The next time someone tries to convince you that Sea World is cruel to its killer whales, be sure to tell him/her some of these facts.

Echo’s Fin


One of the most recently identified individual dolphins, Echo, appears to have an odd deformity. Echo is very shy and, unlike most of the other dolphins, doesn’t like to come close to you, so we haven’t gotten a good look at his deformity. When we first saw Echo, we thought that he/she had a chopped off dorsal fin, but as we edged closer we noticed that his/her fin appeared to be collapsed. After studying a few of our photos though, Echo’s fin looks like it may be more than just collapsed – Echo appears to have TWO dorsal fins!

It gets way weirder than that. If it’s true that Echo has two fins, they apparently bend over and the ends join together.

We have never seen anything like it before. Echo’s fin could just be collapsed; however, dorsal fin collapse is not common in bottle-nose dolphins.

We’ll keep you updated if we find out anything new.

Bottlenose Dolphin Fast Facts


Hi everyone! Recently we’ve been working on updating our bottlenose dolphin article with an all new one!

It may be a little while yet before it is finished, so here are a few bottlenose dolphin fast facts:

  • A bottlenose dolphin has about 80-100 teeth
  • Bottlenose dolphins eat fish, squid, and shrimp
  • A bottlenose dolphin can jump over sixteen feet in the air
  • Bottlenose dolphins can swim at speeds of up to 25 m.p.h

Question Contest Answer

Congratulations Lolli! You correctly answered this lateast question contest!

Nellie, a dolphin living at Marineland in St. Augustine, Florida, died at the age of sixty-one. Seeing as to how the average bottle-nose dolphin lives to about thirty or forty (some may reach fifty years) that’s pretty old! Thankfully, we were able to visit Nellie about a year before she died.