What do you think causes these attacks??

Wild Orcas are not considered a threat to humans, in fact there is no recorded attack on a human being by a wild Orca whale, there have, however been over 24 attacks by captive Orcas since the 1970’s some of them fatal, here are a few examples

On April 20, 1971; SeaWorld secretary Annette Eckis was riding on Shamu at the park in San Diego, California. Eckis was clearly thrown off the whale as it thrashed around deviating from its normal routine and Shamu grabbed her leg in its mouth. After a few minutes, Shamu was coaxed into letting Eckis go, and she was taken away from the tank on a stretcher, and required 200 stitches on her leg. Shamu may have done this out of curiosity, as Eckis was wearing a bathing suit while riding the Orca, instead of the traditional wet suit that was usually worn. On February 20, 1991, a group of 3 Orcas (Haida, Nootka, and Tilikum) killed a trainer named Keltie Byrne at Sealand in Victoria, British Columbia (where employees were not allowed in the water with Orcas). After this, and due to Tilikum being bullied by the two females in the tank, Tilikum was relocated to SeaWorld of Orlando, Florida, where he remains. He is currently the largest Orca in captivity. In 1999, a male was found dead in Tilikum’s pool, with hypothermia determined as the cause of death, although he also had bruises and abrasions attributed to Tilikum. The man had apparently stayed in the park after closure. The manner of his death is unknown. On November 29, 2006, Kasatka, one of SeaWorld San Diego’s seven Orcas, twice grabbed her trainer Ken Peters by the foot (breaking it in the process) and pulled him underwater. The same Orca and trainer were also involved in a similar incident in 1999, when Kasatka grabbed Peters by the leg and attempted to throw him from the pool during a public show. December 24, 2009, An orca at Loro Parque, an aquarium on Tenerife in the Canary Islands, accidentally killed its trainer during a practice session in preparation for an upcoming Christmas Show. It was claimed that the trainer was knocked unconscious and drowned before rescuers could come to his aid. February 24, 2010, an orca (Tilikum) at SeaWorld Orlando killed an experienced trainer towards the end of a show. Initial reports conflict about whether she fell into the pool or was pulled in by Tilikum The autopsy determined that the trainer, Dawn Brancheau, died of “multiple traumatic injuries and drowning”

If anybody remembers Keiko, after he was set free he continually interacted with humans, Why do captive Orcas attack humans and wild ones do not, could it be because of the stresses brought on by captivity? Should we even keep these animals captive as mere entertainment? Why are they so much more aggressive towards humans than their wild counterparts?

Answer #1

An Orca isn’t a Dolphin…it is a whale…Just so ya know, better get your animals right, if you’re going ‘liberate’ them. I also highly doubt they are crying in the night for lost brothers and sisters…

However, just as an elephant can go on a rampage from the stresses and frustrations of captivity, so do whales…so do ALL wild animals. Their trainers and keepers forget that at heart this is a wild animal…it is not a cat, a dog or a horse. There’s also the chance that this attack in Florida, wasn’t an attack at all, but ‘play’. A playing horse can kill a human…a playful 20 ton whale, most certainly could kill a human.

It makes perfect sense that an Orca would continue relationships with humans once out of captivity…they like dolphins, are extremely bright…and basically good natured. Their relationship with man goes way back to the days of sailing ships…


Answer #2

Great answer Phrannie! You make several excellent and valid points…

I am an animal rights activist and I HATE IT WHEN HUMAN TRAITS ARE APPLIED TO NON-HUMANS… Applying human traits to animals is a slippery slope…one we should not go down.

Animals are not here for our amusement. PERIOD.

Answer #3

Just for the record The killer whale (Orcinus orca), commonly referred to as the orca and, less commonly, blackfish, is the largest species of the dolphin family. so it is considered a dolphin

Answer #4

Back to the original question…not proper for whales, dolphins, birds, tigers, lions, and so on. Animal shows/exhibits are just legal cruelty.

Answer #5

I still do not like human traits applied to animals. To me, it is as bad as ‘talking’ dogs on commercials… No one who works in animal welfare does not know and understand the plight of incarcerated animals…I personally do not apply ‘human’ traits to them. I would rather think that we cry for our loved ones at night…like dolphins. I mean, we come from them…not the other way around.

Answer #6

Actually Phranny,

They are considered as dolphins.

And sorry, but I don’t really see what difference it makes if they’re considered as dolphins or whales to change the way they get released? Both should be done with thought, care and precision (: , whatever the term!!!

And yes, these animals DO cry in the night like lone wolves!!!


“Just so you know” (:.

But I’m not looking to cause any arguments.

One Love!


Answer #7


I was planning on asking this question too (more to raise awareness) tonight when I found out from my mum that another dolphinarium worker had been attacked. Personally, I say Thank God!!! The more they get hurt, the more people should start realising that the dolphins are acting up for a reason, it’s fucking sick, wrong, unnatural and against nature to have them enclosed in such resources for our own amusement when they have their own lives to live!!! They’re highly intelligent animals!!! Of course they’re gonna rebel!!!

These people creep up on the pods, throw nets between the adults and young so the poor mothers who are in desperate urge to save their young can’t reach them when they hear them cry for help, sometimes even harming the adults to take away the children (undoubtedly killing in the process) and then dragging the poor children to the fake melancholic world where they have but ornaments from their seabed to remeber their past, and if they are lucky a few brothers or sisters. They stay there enclosed, to decay, to vegetate, to dream of the life they had, missing their loved ones, crying in the night like lone wolves… poor babies.. they are such intelligent creatures..
This is the life of the orca.

And that’s just what I’VE TOLD you!!!

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