Why are killer whales not aggressive to humans

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In summary: S. C. SmithThe dolphins and killer whales are not typically aggressive towards humans. One example is that of Robin Williams. He was in the water filming Dolphins of the World when a dolphin bit him. For some reason the dolphin didn't like him and he expressed a whole new respect for the species. However, this is an aberration in the typical behavior.
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this thread is for dolphins and whales in general. i shall begin this by a question. why are killer whales(and dolphins in general) not aggressive to humans despite being as ferocious as a lion or a tiger?
 
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Humans aren't on the menu. And we're not as fattening as walruses and seals.

Where as for lions and tigers., they're used to eating humans, baboons, or other tasty primates.
 
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Originally posted by sage
this thread is for dolphins and whales in general. i shall begin this by a question. why are killer whales(and dolphins in general) not aggressive to humans despite being as ferocious as a lion or a tiger?

They are not usually aggressive towards humans. A few examples do exist to the contrary. One of which is that of Robin Williams. While filming Dolphins of the World – a TV special - he was in the water in some location in Africa I think. The dolphins there are famous for coming up to swimmers for a hello and some fish. One of them bit Williams pretty badly. For some reason it just didn’t like him. He expressed a whole new respect for the species...and a touch of fear.
 
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thank you ivan. perhaps it was in a bad mood! but the degree of friendliness and curiosity that wild dolphins in general show towards us is bizarre especially as some of the species were hunted in the past and because the general behavior of one species of animals towards another is that of aloofness or hostility.do you think dolphins would react in the same way on seeing a cow or goat in water as they do on seeing us?
 
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Originally posted by Ivan Seeking
They are not usually aggressive towards humans. A few examples do exist to the contrary. One of which is that of Robin Williams. While filming Dolphins of the World – a TV special - he was in the water in some location in Africa I think. The dolphins there are famous for coming up to swimmers for a hello and some fish. One of them bit Williams pretty badly. For some reason it just didn’t like him. He expressed a whole new respect for the species...and a touch of fear.

Yeah well honestly, how many of us here can say we would not bite Robin Williams if we saw him swimming in the water?

eNtRopY
 
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Originally posted by sage
thank you ivan. perhaps it was in a bad mood! but the degree of friendliness and curiosity that wild dolphins in general show towards us is bizarre especially as some of the species were hunted in the past and because the general behavior of one species of animals towards another is that of aloofness or hostility.do you think dolphins would react in the same way on seeing a cow or goat in water as they do on seeing us?

Yes this was an aberration in the typical behavior. I really like your question. How would a dolphin react to its nearest living land relative, the cow? Really, I know you suspect that it would be different, but I wonder if anyone knows.
 
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Originally posted by eNtRopY
Yeah well honestly, how many of us here can say we would not bite Robin Williams if we saw him swimming in the water?

eNtRopY

um...er...eh...why would that be? Are you getting a little light in your loafers...or would this be a vicious attack?
 
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Humans aren't on the menu.

Agree. They don't recognize us as their regular food source. This goes for sharks too. Many shark "attacks" are simply curiosity nibbles (which cause havoc with our thin skin).

However, note that we're closer to the food menu for orcas than dolphins (since orcas eat larger pray like seals). You'll notice at SeaWorld/etc. that the trainers wear red wetsuits...this is an extra visual cue for the whales that the trainers are not seals to be eaten(as compared to the standard black wetsuit which may cause confusion).
 
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Marine mammals have acute sonar sensing abilities.
They may sense that we(humans) are able to think about our surroundings rather than responding automatically like other mammals.
This could interest them on an intellectual level as they do to us.

Sam
 

1. Why are killer whales not aggressive to humans?

Despite their name, killer whales, also known as orcas, are actually not aggressive towards humans. This is because humans are not their natural prey and they do not view us as a threat. Additionally, killer whales are highly intelligent and social animals, and do not have a history of attacking humans in the wild.

2. Are there any instances of killer whales being aggressive to humans?

While there have been a few documented cases of killer whales exhibiting aggressive behavior towards humans, these instances are extremely rare and often occur in captivity. In the wild, there is no evidence to suggest that killer whales have ever intentionally harmed a human.

3. Do killer whales have the capability to harm humans?

Yes, killer whales are powerful predators and have the physical capability to harm humans. However, their lack of aggression towards humans indicates that they do not see us as a food source or a threat.

4. How do killer whales interact with humans in captivity?

In captivity, killer whales may display more aggressive behaviors due to stress and confinement. However, this is not indicative of their behavior in the wild. It is important for facilities to provide appropriate living conditions for these animals to prevent any aggressive behaviors.

5. Are there any precautions humans should take when encountering killer whales in the wild?

While killer whales are not typically aggressive towards humans, it is still important to exercise caution when encountering them in the wild. Keeping a safe distance and not feeding or interacting with them is recommended. It is also important to respect their natural habitat and behavior to avoid any potential conflicts.

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