Orca vs. sharks

From: Pita Admininstrator (pita@whale.wheelock.edu)
Date: Sun Dec 15 2002 - 07:54:03 EST

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    > Hello,
    > I have a science fair project that I am working on. I was hoping you
    > could be of some help. My question is: are sharks or Killer whales a
    > bigger threat to humans? I hope that you can help me! My e-mail is:
    > sparks.family@juno.com!
    > thanks!
    > whale LOVER!

    Actually neither one is a very dangerous threat to humans. There is no
    account of an attack of a killer whale on humans. A trainer was killed
    accidentally in an aquarium and someone tried to sneak into a tank with an
    Orca but he died apparently from hypothermia. He didn't know the water
    temperature that Ocra's prefer.

    There are some shark attacks on humans so I would say that even though
    shark attacks are very rare that they would have to be the ones more
    dangerous to humans.

    Mike Williamson

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