Are Killer Whales Dangerous?

For the most part killer whales aren’t considered dangerous marine mammals.

Despite being carnivorous animals killer whales don’t eat people or generally try to attack them.

Whether it’s because we don’t resemble any food sources they would normally eat or we just don’t taste appetizing to them is unknown however killer whales don’t appear to have a desire to hunt and/or eat us, and that’s definitely a good thing.

Unlike sharks killer whales don’t typically attack humans unless they feel threatened and in no known cases has a human ever been eaten by a killer whale.

For the most part killer whales are actually considered to be very friendly animals, at least as far as we know and have experienced them to be.

They are even the main attraction at several marine parks bringing in thousands of spectators yearly to watch them perform.

These mammals are highly intelligent and capable of learning complex tasks.

They are also known for performing amazing tricks and areal acrobatics which makes them a popular crowd pleaser at aquatic shows.

The name “killer whale” comes from the fact that these marine mammals are the largest known mammals of the dolphin species and because they have highly complex team oriented hunting methods.

They often hunt as a well-organized pod and will use sophisticated hunting methods to capture their prey.

These dolphins have even been referred to as the wolves of the sea based on observations of the way they hunt for food.

In addition to their complex hunting methods killer whales are also equipped with echolocation which helps them locate food sources simply by using sound.

Killer whales are known to eat everything from fish and squid to penguins, sea lions, polar bears and even whales.

When not hunting these dolphins spend their time resting, socializing and traveling with family.

As many as four generations of family members may be seen swimming together in a pod, and even when the children are fully matured they maintain close relationships with their mother.

On the other hand despite their apparent friendliness these whales have been known to occasionally attack their trainers when feeling threatened.

Although these attacks are rare they can and have happened.

In these cases the killer whale would usually grab hold of the trainers limb or hair and pull them underwater.

Thankfully most of these events have only caused minor bumps and scrapes, so extreme caution is always advised and people should never approach a killer whale in the wild.

While they aren’t known for attacking people they are still large animals and will defend themselves and their families if they feel threatened.