In the ocean, both the great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) and the killer whale or orca (Orcinus orca) are fearsome top predators. But of the two massive animals, the killer whale may be the more formidable one, a new study has found.
Killer whales are apex predators. They are considered to be the most powerful killers in the ocean, capable of taking down massive prey like whales - hence their name - and even great white sharks. In fact, their hunting strategies are widely attributed to causing the extinction of the largest shark to have ever lived, the megalodon. It is believed killer whales eliminated this vicious predator to protect their young and food supplies. Given what we know about orca, it would be dangerous not to consider them dangerous. They are perhaps the most efficient killers in the animal kingdom.
But does that mean they are dangerous to us?
Do Killer Whales Eat People?
There are only four recorded killer whale fatalities, all occurring in theme parks. These are unnatural habitats in which the animals are exposed to great deals of stress and mental decay. Their mindset is compromised and there have been many more recorded incidents of animals lashing out and being aggressive without deaths.
But these behaviours are unique to marine park animals.
(If you’re interested in learning more, read our article on killer whales in captivity.)
Wild killer whales have never killed a person. There have been encounters resulting in injuries, but these are not only exceptionally rare, but most likely the case of mistaken identity. Over the past 100 years, there have been a total of seven not worthy incidents.
Remember orcas don't harm humans!!.
Humans are not on their menu!!.
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