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Do dolphins harm humans?

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Yes, dolphins do harm humans. In fact, a dolphin is more likely to kill you deliberately than sharks will. Firstly, as most people know, wild animals which have NO contact with humans will be, most commonly, cautious around humans. Sharks do not usually attack people without reasons, as with dolphins. However, people are less likely to be careful around dolphins. That, combined with the sheer amount of contact between dolphins and humans, means that a dolphin is far more likely to kill you deliberately. All sharks known to cause fatal injuries to people have been filmed unprotected. Also, sharks would be curious about us, as we are unknown. Having no appendages, the only way to find out about us is to bite us. Unfortunately, this can be fatal. However, most dolphins, not having the large enough mouth, cannot bite us. Therefore, they butt at us with their beaks. This can be done in a non-lethal manner. When a dolphin actually attacks, it is therefore more likely to be deliberate and ... more
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Yes they most certainly can. Caution always needs to be exercised near ANY wild animal, including dolphins. Don't forget that dolphins are predatory animals and definitely have a violent streak that the public never hear about (or don't want to hear about). For some reason, people just don't like to think that dolphins are rough, aggressive animals. The reality is that dolphins can have a very aggressive nature - mainly the Bottlenose, at that. In the wild, infanticide (the killing of infants), forced copulation, kidnappings, rather brutal killings of porpoises and other dolphins, bites etc are all common behavior. Look on any openminded website about dolphins and you will find stacks upon stacks of evidence and information about this side of dolphins. Infact, the Bottlenose dolphin, the species that played "flipper" is thought by many scientists to be the most aggressive species. There are many documented attacks by wild dolphins on humans (such as people being dragged underwater, ... more
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1) "Are dolphins potentially dangerous? Yes. Can dolphins harm humans? Yes. Could a dolphin kill a human? Yes. How long will it be before a human involved in a DAT program is fatally injured by a dolphin? Only time will tell." "Dolphin Assisted Therapy (DAT) is now an unregulated and unchecked business that is more about money than science. There is very little evidence to support the so-called medical benefits of DAT and there is more evidence that supports the claim that DAT is nothing more than another medical miracle sham with possible dangerous consequences." SOurce: http://members.tripod.com/tiggerdolphin/DAT.html 2) "National Geographic aired this sensationalizing film on 08/12/06: Dolphins kill Humans! National Geographics aired on 8/12/06 a film about dolphins being killers. Watch the trailer at: http://www.ifilm.com/ifilmdetail/2763525 or read about it at: http://www.sun-herald.com/NewsArchive2/081606/ew17.htm?date=081606&story=ew17.htm Counter arguments: In the film they ... more
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there have been a few cases of dolphins killing or injuring humans but usually they will not harm humans, unless endangered. more
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