- Why are dolphins aggressive?
- Can a dolphin bite you?
- Is it illegal to swim with wild dolphins?
- Why sharks are scared of dolphins?
They have their own needs and annoyances and show a continuum of behavior from play to aggression. Dolphins, like other animals, will show their aggression when you are disturbing them. You just have to be savvy enough to recognize their signals,” says Herzing.
Dozens of bites have been reported, and people have been pulled underwater. For example, a woman who fed a pair of dolphins and then jumped in the water to swim with them was bitten. Truly wild dolphins will bite when they are angry, frustrated, or afraid. They are disturbed when people try to swim with them.
Swimming with resting spinner dolphins may constitute “harassment” under the Marine Mammal Protection Act. Any act of pursuit, torment, or annoyance that has the potential to disrupt a marine mammal’s behavior is “harassment” under this Act and is, therefore, against the law.
Dolphins are mammals that live in pods and are very clever. They know how to protect themselves. When they see an aggressive shark, they immediately attack it with the whole pod. This is why sharks avoid pods with many dolphins.