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Marine mammals do breed in captivity, but the birth rate in captivity is not as successful as in the wild.
Many people think that marine mammals should remain in captivity.
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Wild dolphins can live 40 years in the wild and orcas can live 90 years, but when held in captivity they rarely survive their teens.
Twenty-three out of 25 orcas have died in captivity.
Marine mammals breed very poorly in captivity with very high infant death rates.
For this reason, when a baby dolphin is born into captivity its birth is usually kept a secret from its mother until it shows signs of survival.
Marine mammals in captivity die from pneumonia, ulcers and other stress-related diseases.
Most of these helpless creatures suffer from boredom.