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by August 21, 2012
In the wild, whales' life expectancy is 80 to 100 years. However in captivity, their life expectancy is about 25 years.
Most of the dolphins in captivity are born in the wild.
Dolphins are adapted to a saltwater environment, yet in captivity they are often kept in chlorinated tanks.
Captive dolphins are not able to perform their natural foraging behaviour.
I am as a dolphin born into a concrete pool; Who has never known anything better yet yearns for the open sea; Perhaps a seabird’s feather once landed in my pool; And instinct knew the odour of the place where I should be
(c) Laurence Frost
Richard O’Barry, personal communication.
2 State of Florida.com (2006) Florida Quick Facts. http://www.stateofflorida.com/Portal/DesktopDefault.aspx?tabid=95.
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