A whale of a time
Killer whales are often seen participating in surface behaviour such as breaching and tail slapping. These activities may have a variety of purposes, including courtship, communication or play. Spying is also an activity that they engage with which entails the whale holding its head above water to view its surrounding environment. Resident killer whales swim alongside porpoises and other dolphins too!
Despite their name, wild killer whales are not considered a threat to humans and no fatal attack on one has ever been documented. However, there have been several cases of captive orcas killing or injuring their handlers at marine theme parks in the past. The animals feature strongly in mythologies from different cultures- some consider them souls while others see them as merciless killers who will eat anything unprovoked!
Say no to captivity
You may have seen Orca’s at sea world in shows where they jump out of the water and ride someone’s back as they are thrown from a platform into the air, but more recently this form of entertainment has come under fire due to accusations that these creatures are not being cared for and live shortened lives as a result. The reason is that they cannot be released into the wild because they do not know how to hunt living their entire lives by eating only dead fish unless taught to kill. The controversy over shows like this is whether or not it contributes to keeping the animals safe from extinction by putting them into captivity.