Some SeaWorld mammals survive longer in captivity

July 3, 2014 4:20 PM

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ORLANDO, Fla. — Since the release of a highly-critical documentary last year, SeaWorld Entertainment has been condemned by animal rights activists distressed over the condition of its killer whales. But annual survival rates for some of the most common marine mammals — including killer whales — at SeaWorld’s three parks are near the top of all U.S. parks and aquariums, an analysis of five decades of federal data by The Associated Press showed.

SeaWorld’s survival rates for bottlenose dolphins and California sea lions actually exceed estimates for those in the wild.

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