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Captive orca dies at Marineland in Antibes, France

Freya, a female orca held captive for 32 years, has died at Marineland, a marine park in Antibes in the south of France. 

She had spent almost her entire life in captivity, since being taken from the wild off the coast of Iceland when just one year old.

During her life in confinement she gave birth to several calves. It is not known what caused her death, but in the wild a female orca would be expected for an average of 46 years and possibly much longer.

More on the fate of orcas in captivity.

Freya, orca at Marineland in Antibes

Photo © Orca Aware

About George Berry

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