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Do Dolphins Like To Kiss People?

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Dolphins are wild animals. Dolphins do not like being around people or kissing them. So they do not kiss people voluntarily. In dolphin shows, they kiss people because they have to. None of this is a natural behaviour. Every dolphin that is captive and exhibits this kind of behaviour has been trained over a long period to perform this behaviour correctly.

Even swimming with dolphins is not safe for either you or the dolphins. Dolphins are wild animals, and it has not been possible for humans to domesticate them.

It does not matter what the Dolphinaris across the world tell you about their behaviour. Dolphins are one of the top predators of the ocean world and are not built to kiss humans. 

Dolphins are even able to kill sharks. So, it would be best to treat these animals with the respect they deserve.

Aggressive Dolphin Behaviours

Even though dolphins do not show preditor hunt behaviour towards people, they can sometimes be aggressive to people and other dolphins. Sometimes dolphins can even cause self-harm.

It does not matter whether the dolphins are bred in captivity. We cannot domesticate these animals.

Dolphins can bitehead jerk, drag underwater, and push people into deeper water. These are common aggressive behaviours that dolphins showcase towards people.


Because of this aggressive behaviour of the dolphins, multiple cases of skin abrasions, broken bones, and other injuries have been documented over time. The captivated dolphin causes, most of the time, dolphin related injuries.

Captive Tanks

Most Dolphinaris keep their dolphins in highly chlorinated water safe for humans. But this highly chlorinated water is not suitable for the dolphins as they have to stay in that water day and night. As a result, dolphins develop chemical burns in their eyes and skin, even blinding them. 

Even having such painful and dangerous precautions like chlorine, harmful disease transmission can still happen between dolphins and humans.

Do dolphins play with dogs?

No, dolphins do not like to play with dogs. Dolphins are curious about dogs, and due to their intelligence, they can be seen close to a dog on infrequent occasions. Dolphins often showcase wolf-like behaviour, and they live and hunt in packs.

It should not be considered play if you ever see a dog and a dolphin together. The dolphin was probably curious about the dog and was trying to check it out. We should not interpret this kind of behaviour as a sign of the harmless nature of the dolphin. They are still wild animals who can kill.

Are dolphins dangerous to humans?

Even though dolphins have an impressive reputation of being incredibly friendly towards humans, that does not mean these wild animals are not dangerous. There is no doubt that dolphins are incredibly intelligent animals, but that does not make them safe. 

There are several examples where dolphins are responsible for fatal and vicious attacks on humans. Dolphins have sharp teeth, which are used for gripping and ripping apart their prey. 

If these animals feel threatened or disrespected somehow, they will not hesitate to bite humans. There are dozens of examples where dolphins have bitten humans or dragged them underwater.

In some instances, dolphins do more than bite humans. While attacking a person, a dolphin can land strong punches with its snout. As these marine animals have tremendous power, they can cause significant injury to humans with just a single blow.

As these marine animals are very intelligent, they often devise unusual attacking and trapping their prey. So, if you think that you have studied a dolphin enough and know all its behaviour, you are wrong. It does not take much for a dolphin to devise a unique plan of attack if they want to harm you.

What to do if a dolphin approaches you?

You should not engage or try to interact with the dolphin if one approaches you while swimming in the sea. The dolphin most probably is curious about your presence in the water. 

As they glide by your side, the urge to reach out and pat them can be overwhelming, but you should restrain yourself as it can become dangerous pretty quickly. It is always better to take slow but measured steps to move away from the area.

Do not swim after or chase the dolphin in the sea. These marine animals are mighty and graceful swimmers.

Also, if the dolphins flap its tail on the surface of the water or even clap their jaws at you, you should be scared. These are the most common signals that convey the displeasure or annoyance of the dolphins. 

If a dolphin tries to grab your arm or leg in its Jaws, do not struggle or try to get it away. If you do that, you will be injuring yourself more as the dolphins have very sharp teeth. 

In most cases, dolphins grab on to humans because they are curious about you. Once it is satisfied with its query, it will let you go in a couple of seconds.

How do dolphins behave when they see humans?

In most cases, dolphins do not approach humans at all, even though there are instances where dolphins spot swimmers in trouble and head towards them. 

Dolphins show this kind of altruistic behaviour as they have emotional intelligence. If you think dolphins are compassionate towards humans from this behaviour, you are deeply mistaken. 

In the wild, dolphins approach humans just because of their curiosity. In most cases, when they satisfy their curiosity, they tend to move away from the human.

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Teresa Milne

Teresa is learning zoology and loves to share her knowledge through her articles. She has some pets that she adores two dogs, two cats, and one hamster. Teresa has also studied canine behaviour and canine nutrition.