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The legend tries to explain something curious about orcas. They don’t attack people. The question is — why not? On a simple, biological scale they are bigger and stronger than we are, have sharper teeth, and they’re carnivores. Any similar creature might see humans as a tasty little snack, but not orcas.
Observation has shown that one answer may not be far from the ancient legend. Killer whales seem to follow rules that go beyond basic instinct and border on culture. Individual pods forage, communicate and navigate differently, much the way different cultures of people do. Researchers have witnessed “greeting ceremonies” between pods. They’ve even seen the equivalent of a funeral. It may very well be that within “orca culture” there is a social norm not to go after people.
A more scientific explanation might be that we’re simply not tasty enough to be included on the killer whales’ menu. Orcas, it turns out, have picky palates. The Southern Resident Killer Whales of Puget Sound dine on only the fattest Chinook salmon, even if it means allowing an entire school of skinnier salmon to swim by. Transient orcas, which have a broader diet, have shown similar selective behavior, in one case killing a gray whale but eating only its tongue.
A third possible reason is that we don’t resemble any food source killer whales typically depend on. There have reportedly been incidents where an orca attempted to hunt a human, but broke off the hunt immediately upon realizing it wasn’t a sea lion.
[busts down your front door]
[cartwheels down your hallway]
THE FINAL FRONTIER
[sambas into your bedroom]
THESE ARE THE VOYAGES OF THE STARSHIP ENTERPRISE
[pulls your mattress off your bed]
ITS FIVE YEAR MISSION
[leaps through your ceiling]
TO EXPLORE STRANGE NEW WORLDS
[rips up the sidewalk outside]
TO SEEK OUT NEW LIFE FORMS AND NEW CIVILIZATIONS
[rips off dress]
TO BOLDLY GO
[whispers in your ear]
WHERE NO ONE HAS GONE BEFORE