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I am sooo tired of hearing people diss orcas. Nearly every time I tell someone that the orca is my favorite animal, the first words out of their mouth are usually "Didn't you hear about the orca that killed that trainer at SeaWorld?"

News flash, people: an average of THIRTY people die every year in the US alone as the result of a DOG attack. That's TEN times more than ALL known fatalities caused by orcas in the entire world! Think about THAT before you open your mouth.

You don't hear ME telling YOU how potentially dangerous your beloved companion Rover is, or criticizing anything else you're fond of, because that's just plain rude. Seriously, are you deliberately trying to make me stop loving orcas? Because that's what it sounds like. By that same logic I should stop being friends with anyone who's ever committed a sin.

Humans have been mauled and killed by lions, tigers, sharks, alligators, snakes, bears, hippos, elephants, etc. but I never hear anyone point that out when someone lists one of them as their favorite animal. So there have been some fatalities associated with orcas. BFD. Why don't we all go back to hating Germany for the Nazis, or Japan for Pearl Harbor?

That little remark about the death at SeaWorld may seem harmless to you, but to me it is completely uncalled for. THINK before you speak, people. Please. I get the same grief concerning pet rats. People dare to compare them unfavorably to wild rats, and even wild rats aren't bad. They're just trying to survive. Sharks are worse. They'll take a bite out of you and spit it out, if they don't eat you whole. But they're God's creatures too.

I love orcas, and I love rats, and there is NOTHING you can say or do to change my mind! ^__^
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:iconmisssensitiveness48:
Orcas are cute, like any other animal. :D
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Ormspryde Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Considering that orcas are predators and they're way bigger than humans, I'd say that they're showing remarkable restraint in their dealings with humanity.

Also, rats are awesome!
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Yes! They are one of the top predators in the ocean, yet they NEVER try to eat humans. I think that's pretty amazing right there. Just like wolves. It is extremely rare for wolves to attack humans, and it is very fitting that orcas are known as "the wolves of the sea." :D
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Ormspryde Aug 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I've always had a soft spot in my heart for sea mammals, especially orcas! I don't know, maybe people freak out about the (very rare) attacks of orcas rather than getting worked up about dogs because dogs are more familiar animals?

(then again, that wouldn't explain why certain breeds, like pit bulls, get a bad rap, when most of them are sweet hounds)

Wolves are another of my favorite animals, but apparently wolf lovers are common as air molecules on dA. :P
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Wolves are pretty awesome, but I'm the type of person who can love any type of animal if I just stop and admire them. Even snails and octopi. They're pretty neat if you take the time to observe them. :D
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Ormspryde Aug 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm interested in just about every sort of animal. (except worms for some reason, blurgh) I just happen to have a few special favorites.

Octopi are really interesting too, they're really smart animals! I like a lot of invertebrates.
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TheGreatAllie Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I say it's not worth being your favorite animal if it isn't responsible for a few fatalities. That shuts 'em up. Sounds to me like they know exactly one thing about orcas, and just feel the need to continue the conversation.
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