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Are Killer Whales Dangerous To People?

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dusky d answered
Killer whales/orca are the largest dolphins. In the wild, Orca are gentle and inquisitive towards humans. Killer whale is a very inaccurate name. However, it is still advised to be cautious when in the water with any type of dolphin...due to popular belief, wild dolphins do not like people trying to touch them or jump on their backs. They will attack when people treat them with disrespect.
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Julii Brainard answered
Not usually.
The common name "killer whale" originated by watching the way these magnificient animals work when hunting for prey. They typically hunt in well-organised packs and they strategise.  They are also the largest of the meat-eating/hunting whales.  Unusually for whales, they will eat other whales, including dolphins, or calves of the larger whales (like Sperm whales and California Gay whales).

They are also quite capable of aggression towards each other.  Males fight for females and even females will fight for dominance in the group.

They also have big teeth, which is kind of scarey in itself.

However, documented acts of aggression towards humans by orca (the preferred name for fans of the species) is relatively rare. That said, it has happened.

There was a recent (November 2006) incident in San Diego, California, at the Sea World Park.  A Killer whale in a regularly scheduled show grabbed his trainer by the leg and held her down at the bottom of the pool for a minute -- twice in a row.

Experts speculate that whale was merely having a grumpy day.  It was back at work in performances within a week.
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Jonas Cukierman
Jonas Cukierman commented
Killer Whales are like dolphins. They are not "smiling" and people cannot approach them with the state of mind that they are somehow "friendly" or ""inviting". They must be treated with respect.
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Anonymous answered
Not usually. I have spent the last four years reaserching on killer whales and there have been very few attacks givin by a killer whale. That beining they really don't have a problem and as long as you don't wear bright colors or try to hurt one of them then they should have no reason for attacking
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Mitch Corrales answered
Killer Whales can be dangerous to people. It could be from unintentional injuries (since they are big) to killing people - one just happened recently in Sea World Florida (news.yahoo.com

It's more about habitat and instinct - animals are dangerous especially when not treated well. That's their natural reaction - we may even hurt others because we angry.
Jim Witness Protection Profile
No. They can be trained in to do certain tricks in aquarium shows, but have had instances where they attacked the trainer. They are the top predator in the ocean (even great white sharks give them a wide birth), they are highly intelligent, hunt in groups called pods and can communicate with each other like dolphins. Their habitat is not a location that people also inhabit, so we are not part of their food chain. If it was , I am sure they would eat us just like the seals and penguins they live on.
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Anonymous answered
Killer whales in general are not aggressive towards humans because we are not on their food chain. That being said they are one of the most intelligent animal species if not the most intelligent period. They're even proven to hunt and successfully kill great white sharks. If humans were on their diet lets just say wild or not wild you don't stand a fighting chance. In my humble opinion a killer whale is the Apex predator.
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Anonymous answered
I don't think killer whales are dangerous because they are in the dolphin family, they are just large dolphins!! If you annoy them, they will attack but usually they gentle! They work perfectly with humans because you see them in different films like free willy!!

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Anonymous answered
They usually tend not to be dangerous to people, but there have been cases where killer whales have harmed humans. A recent example is the killer whale that killed that guy in Florida.
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In general you wouldn't hear such stories but just a few days ago there was one incident where the orca sneaked up behind the trainer and shook him beyond repair.. Bottom line: He's dead
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Obviously if they have killed peolpe there dangerous even if they didnt mean it there still a threat to ppl
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Ryan Rugraff answered
I am sure you can find plenty of images of orcas online, if you don't know that they look dangerous. Also yes they can be dangerous to people. They are intelligent carnivores, and very large. There have been occasions where they have dragged trainers underwater, broken bones, and rended muscle with their large teeth. Mostly they stay away from humans, since we are not a food source, but if they feel threatened or are angry for some reason, they are definitely dangerous. There primary food sources are seals and penguins.
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I can't believe some people on here claim they aren't dangerous. Look at those people who were killed at theme parks alone & that should give you a clue. It doesn't matter if they are captured or wild, your taking a chance with them either way & even though nobody has been killed by 1 in the wild, there have been cases where people have been charged while swimming in the ocean so, don't give me any nonsense that they aren't dangerous because you can very easily be killed in the wild as you can at a theme park.
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Danielle J
Danielle J commented
Umm... Nobody said you couldnt be killed either wayy... Everyonee haz said therez a risk and of course therez alwayzz gnna be a risk!!
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Ally jones answered
Well I've been studying Sharks. But on the news I heard a report on a Killer-Whale killing their trainer. To me that's pretty fishy but for them their hasn't really been so much reports on a Killer-Whale attacking or harming a human. Orca or Shamoo is what some people call them still. But after that report people are calling them killers. But also after that report last week, they just ain't going to let anyone in the water with that poor creature.:(~~
 
 
 
But people go in their and stand on their faces what do you expect?
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Anonymous answered
I have been studying Killer whales since 92 and witnessed they are drawn to bumpy textures....if you have bumpy textures stay away from these orcas
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Danielle J answered
Noo they arentt!! If you startle or scare them they might act... Or if there confuzed or if they think there juzz playin thwey wouldnt hurt you!!
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Danielle J
Danielle J commented
Hehe yess i didnt mean tht im tlking about seawrld onezz!! To be honestt (no lie) i have swam with killer whalez!! There are risk and they can kill youu! Juzz recently a woman died from a whale thtz killed 4 timezz!! Therez more to itt but itz too much to write and i understnd trust me i wanna be a marine biologist so dnt go calling everyyonee idiotz!! You dnt knoww actually i know alott!! And i meann a lott about dolphinez and killer whalez and any marine life, and i dnt think you know any bttr
Danielle J
Danielle J commented
Then i do actually i probably know more...but i know more then most ppl so i am an idiot in some wayz but in this way... Not so muchh!!
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Anonymous answered
Sometimes they can be.  They are to my knowledge, vengeful creatures but that is not always the case.  Sometimes they can just be playing around with you and they don't know any better.  Also being kept in pens could trigger them to become stressed and wanting to break free.  
  I hope this helps!
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Anonymous answered
You I think killer whales are dangerous to people becoz they sound only so dangerous..that if I would be there would surely be very scared so I think better stay away from WHALES AND SHARKS or better stay away from UNKNOWN WATERS!!
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Anonymous answered
The killer whales can  be dangores but not all of them when you  bother them then you are a gonner
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Anonymous answered
There is no way!!!!
No recorded attack in the wild!!
They attack in captivity  because there pissed off!!
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Anonymous answered
There very gentle creaters they are very very cute gentle and very kind don't be thinking there dangerus becuse  if  you get be-twin a killer whale and her baby she mite attacke  but  just  be kind there are mre them 1000000000000000000000000000000000000  killer whales 0ut there s0 you SH0LD be nice and there n0t danger0us

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