Subject: Re: Killer whales and humans

Rui Prieto (rprieto@dop.uac.pt)
Thu, 17 Sep 1998 18:40:38 -0000

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Hello,

Sorry about the delay answering your question, but we had a problem in the
computer caused by a thunder storm and went off-line.

Now, about your question:


>What is a killer whales behavior towards humans?


As many other cetaceans, killer whales are mostly either curious or
indifferent about humans in their vicinity. Sometimes they will approach a
vessel or a swimmer and inspect it, and in other occasions they will just
keep minding their on business without interacting. Despite the name we use
for them, they are not murderers, but only hunt for survival. Nonetheless,
they don't seem to see us as a source of food, and there are, as far as I
know, reports of killer whales attacking humans in the wild. There are some
reports of Orcas (other name for the killer whales) turning on their keepers
in oceanaria, but the behavior of animals in captivity is so changed that
it's difficult to take conclusions over those cases.

Cheers,

Rui

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