Re: Whales

From: Howard Garrett (
Date: Tue May 15 2001 - 11:07:42 EDT

>Do killer whales really kill humans?

         There are only two recorded cases of killer whales being involved
in the death of humans, and both took place in marine park tanks. In
neither case were the deceased seriously physically assaulted by the orcas,
but they may have been held under water or prevented from climbing out of
the tanks. In the whales' natural settings, however, no human has ever been
harmed by an orca. This is particularly amazing when one considers the many
capture teams that entered the water to force very young whales away from
their mothers to remove them for display in marine parks. There is no
recorded case of any human being harmed during capture operations.

Howard Garrett
Orca Conservancy
2403 So. North Bluff Rd.
Greenbank WA 98253
(360) 678-3451

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