Orcas Sink 50-foot Yacht as Second Summer of Water Rage Ensues - Latest Global News

Orcas Sink 50-foot Yacht as Second Summer of Water Rage Ensues

With a calf nearby, orcas swim near the various whale watching boats and follow the orcas as they swim off the coast of Huntington Beach at sunset on Tuesday, January 9, 2024.
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The voyage of two sailors was unexpectedly cut short Orcas rammed The Rudder and hull of their 15-meter (49-foot) yacht off the Atlantic coast of Portugal last weekend. There were several similar attacks In this region since 2020, namely one official trigger of the attacks is not known, but researchers believe it could be playful curiosity or a potential targeted hunt for something the whales perceive as a competitor for the native bluefin tuna, the orcas’ favorite meal. Maybe orcas will experience a Kia Boys-style social media trend that will show them how easy it is to sink a yacht.

Fortunately, there were no human injuries in this attack as the two sailors on the damaged ship alerted emergency services and a nearby oil tanker picked them up and transported them safely to Gibraltar. Their yacht wasn’t so lucky, it remained adrift and eventually sank. Passengers reported feeling random Shocks to the hull and rudder Water then entered their boat. CNN reports,

The incident is the latest example of recurring Orca ramming attacks around the Strait of Gibraltar, which separates Europe from Africa, as well as off the Atlantic coast of Portugal and northwestern Spain.

Experts assume that this is a subpopulation of around 15 individuals called “Gladis”.

According to research group GTOA, which tracks populations of the Iberian orca subspecies, there have been nearly 700 interactions since orca attacks on ships in the region were first reported in May 2020.

Whatever the motivation, this Killer whales have made quite a statement against the yachting community in the region. Orcas are the largest members of the dolphin family and therefore can be extremely clever and extremely destructive creatures. It appears that these repeated attacks by orcas are well planned and often involve attacks on ship’s oars, showing that the whales have a rudder-level understanding of how to disable a boat. If you are planning a sailing trip through the Strait of Gibraltar, you may want to consider a safer alternative, such as: B. donate some of your excess assets to a charity instead.

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