Subject: AGE:average age of whales (fwd)

Michael Williamson (
Tue, 4 Feb 1997 11:05:44 -0500 (EST)

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---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Fri, 31 Jan 1997 23:18:02 -0500 (EST)
From: "Daniel K. Odell" <>
To: "Cynthia S. Rose" <>
Subject: Re: average age of whales

Dear Cynthia:

There are many kinds of whales and dolphins and we don't know how long
most of them live.

In addition, average life span is different from maximum life span.  For
example, some humans live for more than 100 years but most only live to
about 70 years.

We know that some bottlenose dolphins in Florida can live to be 50 years
old but the average is about 25 years.

The larger whales (sperm whale, blue whale) typically live longer than the
smaller whales and dolphins but I don't have any good numbers to give you.

Dan Odell
Sea World

On Thu, 30 Jan 1997, Cynthia S. Rose wrote:

> How old do whales get?