Are dolphins cruel? 

| David Lewis | Nature



For sure dolphins enjoy good PR, but they also have a little-known dark side.

Like men, and unlike other animals, dolphins occasionally murder for fun. According to the New York Times, dolphins “are killing fellow mammals in droves, wielding their beaks as clubs and slashing away with rows of sharp teeth.” They “have been found to bludgeon porpoises to death by the hundreds” and while “most animal killers…eat their prey, dolphins seem to have murderous urges unrelated to the need for food.”

Moreover, more than often they torture their prey before eating it. For example, they have been observed tossing octopuses around till they literally break, before devouring them.

Heck, they have even been observed biting and battering to death other dolphins’ babies.  

Bonus fact: Dolphins are by no means gentlemen. When male dolphins want to mate, they do not engage in a courteous pursuit of the females but rather practice violent physical aggression including powerful slamming, head jerks, and even biting. Is this true to all Dolphins all the time? – No, but it is not uncommon.