Subject: orca - lifespan

Dagmar Fertl (
Tue, 28 Sep 1999 05:35:15 PDT

What is the lifspan of an average orca?  How old is Keiko? (Free Wolly)  
thank you
Hi, the average lifespan for a killer whale (or orca) is probably 35-40 
years.  The information I looked up on the web indicated that in 1995, Keiko 
(the whale in "Free Willy") was 16 years old, which would make him about 20 
years old this year (if the first number was correct).

Thanks for your question about killer whales.

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