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Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. "It was like a whistle, like a very, very loud whistle, and there was lots of them, maybe about four or five of them were doing it at the same time. For further details of our complaints policy and to make a complaint please click this link: thesun.co.uk/editorial-complaints/, Comments are subject to our community guidelines, which can be viewed, The moment several orcas interacted with a boat in what has been described by local media as an attack, An orca speeds by a boat during an unprovoked attack in Spain, Scientist Victor J Hernandez (pictured) believes the pod is seeking revenge for the harpoon attack in July, A pod of killer whales circle a boat in what an expert has called a revenge attack, Scientists have been baffled by attacks from killer whales, who are usually peaceful animals, A pod of orcas moving toward a boat in northern Spain, The giant mammals traveled alongside the boat in San Sebastian, Orcas are the largest member of the dolphin family, Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO). 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Scientists are struggling to explain reports of orcas attacking boats off the coast of Spain and Portugal. At first, she says, they were "being lovely and playing around" — something she's experienced several times with orcas when she worked as a sailing instructor in New Zealand. The swimming crew members were then ferociously attacked by a school of killer whales, that decimated a large number of the crew within moments. Fellow sailor, 31-year-old Spaniard Alfonso Gomez-Jordana Martin, reported a similar experience less than a week prior, when a pod of four orcas attacked his 40-foot boat for over an hour and “nearly dislocated the helmsman’s shoulder and spun the whole yacht through 120 degrees.” Victoria Morris has had her fair share of orca encounters, but nothing quite like this. Hernandez said: “Sailors in the area who know Pingu’s pod very well due to their markings have claimed that they were attacked with harpoons in July. Orca Encounters Off Iberia Baffle Experts”, New York Times, September 20, 2020 reports that a well known school of Orcas (killer whales) whose resident range is around both sides of the Straits of Gibraltar, have suddenly started mass attacks on small boats." Hernandez said: “It is only a question of time. Comments are welcome while open. "They really just were going for us, and there was definitely no playing.". There, they were able to assess the damage: The keel was covered in bite marks and two-thirds of the rudder was torn right off. For other inquiries, Contact Us. “The crew of the illegal fishing boat was probably scared when they saw them approaching so close.”. He and some other scientists suggested to the Guardian the orcas are more than stressed — they're angry. Killer whales have been ramming yachts and boats off the coast of Northern Spain and researchers are puzzled by their behavior. "All the people around us just were so gobsmacked and couldn't believe ... what happened," Morris said. A variety of newsletters you'll love, delivered straight to you. It is a priority for CBC to create a website that is accessible to all Canadians including people with visual, hearing, motor and cognitive challenges. Since summer, the … Closed Captioning and Described Video is available for many CBC shows offered on CBC Gem. A group of ‘rogue’ orcas who have been ramming boats off the coasts of Spain and Portugal could be “playing”, according to experts. The orcas come to the area between July and early September to hunt bluefin tuna, which is also becoming more scarce, and for which they have to compete with humans. A group of killer whales is launching coordinated attacks on boats off the coast of Spain By Yucatan Times on September 15, 2020 Killer whales are … The government temporarily banned sailboats sailing in the area to prevent further incidents on September 22. This meeting took place in the waters of Corrubedo, A Coruña, and at one point the killer whales came to . As polar ice cover melts, it has allowed pods of orcas to swim … A group of rogue killer whales has been attacking boats off the coast of Spain and Portugal, and it is getting worse and worse, experts said. Orcas are known to attack great white sharks too, consuming their oil-rich livers, says National Geographic. Brian Butler is a fisherman from Cordova, Alaska, who captured an amazing scene while fishing: a pod of orcas playing and jumping out of the water. To hunt, killer whales use their massive teeth, which can grow up to 4 inches (10cm) long. Last Updated: 24th September, 2020 14:02 IST Orca Attacks On Boats In Spain Lead To Yachting Ban Off Northwest Tip Spain has prohibited yachting across 100 kilometers (62 miles) of its northwestern coast after a number of sailboats have been damaged by orca whales. Eventually, they were rescued and towed to the nearby town of Barbate, she said. Another French sailboat has also suffered the attack of the killer whales in the vicinity of the Ons Islands, Pontevedra, according to Efe. And they have plenty of reason to be. Spain has suspended yachting off its north-west coast after a series of attacks by orcas ramming into sailing boats in the Atlantic. She noted there were two babies among the group that rammed and bit her boat. The area is home to a popular shipping route, which means there's a lot of marine traffic bringing noise and pollution. Orcas are very clever. But none of these stress factors are new for the orcas. And in some cases, there have been reports of fishermen attacking the orcas. And in some cases, there have been reports of fishermen attacking the orcas. According to SeaWorld, it is difficult to know the number of killer whales given their worldwide distribution, but it is estimated that there are about 50,000. And it was just so loud," she said. Something has changed that's causing them to do this.". Written by Sheena Goodyear. To see all content on The Sun, please use the Site Map. By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Her only theory — which she noted is "just a hypothesis"  — is that the animals are stressed out. Box 500 Station A Toronto, ON Canada, M5W 1E6. Crafty Killer Whales Are Harassing Alaskan Fishing Boats Hungry orcas are making off with tens of thousands of pounds of cod and halibut This adorable orca could be plotting its next heist. The recent biology grad was among the crew of a 14-metre sailboat off Spain on July 29 when they found themselves surrounded by a pod of nine orcas. The presence of fishing and whale-watching boats in the area affects the orcas’ ability to swim freely and hunt bluefin tuna, which migrates along the Gibraltar strait. Scientists who study the animals say they are baffled by the dramatic change in behaviour of marine mammals that are known to be friendly and playful. Orcas are particularly attracted by sail boats due to their size, the waves they make, and the lack of pollution they produce compared to fishing boats, Díaz said. A pair of orcas were filmed apparently hunting a great white shark off the coast of South Africa. He added that killer whales are usually peaceful animals and that there had not been an incident with a vessel since the 1970s. Their calves often die before maturing, and projections for the future of their population are grim. News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services. They live in groups called “pods” that are able to work together. It's one of at least four reported instances this summer of orcas ramming into vessels in the Gibraltar Strait near Spain and Portugal, reports the Guardian newspaper. "Like, 'Can you confirm that you are actually under attack by orcas?". View our online Press Pack. Killer whales are mainly found in the open ocean, but can also be in coastal waters. "The Sun", "Sun", "Sun Online" are registered trademarks or trade names of News Group Newspapers Limited. On July 29, a boat was surrounded by nine orcas off Cape Trafalgar, in the south-west of Spain. NEW MERCH AVAILABLE: https://theywillkillyou.com/Sea creatures, such as orcas, can be massive. Orca Attacks Force Spain to Ban Yachting off Northwest Tip Spain has prohibited yachting across 100 kilometers (62 miles) of its northwestern coast after sailboats have been damaged by orca … Victor J Hernandez, author and … Hernandez, who authored the book Cetaceans: Introduction to the Iberian, Balearic and Canarian Species, believes the attacks have been carried out by a pod of between nine and 13 orcas, led by a male called Pingu. "I've seen these orcas grow from babies, I know their life stories, I've never seen or heard of attacks.". Last month, a Spanish Navy sailboat saw its rudder snapped off after one encounter with aggressive orcas. Listed as endangered since 2005, the orcas' population has been declining over the years. But if that is true, then, you know, something needs to be done," she said. Add some “good” to your morning and evening. from the Spanish boat. There have been several reports of orcas striking sailing boats in the Straits of Gibraltar in recent months. in the Rías Baixas. The orcas, Morris said, were ramming into the keel, which is the flat blade beneath the boat that keeps it right-side up, and biting the rudder, which is essential for steering. The Gibraltar orcas are endangered, with fewer than 50 remaining. It said the area covered by the ban meant to protect both boats and maritime mammals and could be extended to “follow the migration routes” of the whales. The dramatic moment an orca attacks a fishing boat and tries to rip its anchor away is caught on camera. "It was actually quite amazing to hear. The Sun website is regulated by the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO), Our journalists strive for accuracy but on occasion we make mistakes. So far this … Neither could Rocío Espada. "For killer whales to take out a piece of a fibreglass rudder is crazy," she told the Guardian. 679215 Registered office: 1 London Bridge Street, London, SE1 9GF. “I don’t know when, but when tuna migrate from the Atlantic, orcas follow them and will end up forgetting about the abuse they suffered.”. He believes the orcas will keep up the same behaviour until they eventually forget about the alleged harpoon attack. Though they do not typically attack humans, their name refers to the mammal's ability to take down large marine animals, such as sea lions and whales, according to Live Science. An interesting comment about far more fishing boats , and less/no "attacks" on fishing boats. The area is home to a major shipping lane, whale watching tourism and a commercial fishing industry. We reserve the right to close comments at any time. To inquire about a licence to reproduce material, visit our Syndication site. Audience Relations, CBC P.O. "They do have the capacity to be angry and they're very, very intelligent creatures and so it is very possible. To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. This stretch of water where the Iberian Peninsula juts out into the Atlantic Ocean is both rife with tuna for them to hunt and on their migration … A ROGUE orca pod is carrying out revenge a ttacks on boats following a harpoon strike by poachers, an expert has warned. Although the majority of orcas ignore boats at sea, there are a few in northern Spain that are apparently interested in ramming into them, setting off a string of questions and a bit of apprehension. Jörn Selling, a marine biologist for Firmm whale watching, suggested they may have gotten used to quieter waters during the COVID-19 restrictions and are upset to see the traffic levels spike again. Victoria Morris has had her fair share of orca encounters, but nothing quite like this. It's unclear whether these are intentional attacks or accidents. Below deck, the experience was even more intense, Morris says, as you could actually hear the orcas communicating. “They hit and bite the rudders because it reminds them of the harpoon incident.”. The footage was filmed by marine tour guide Donavan … ", "They asked us to repeat a quite a few times," she said. Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted. That means they are sometimes injured by fishing vessels, or entangled in nets. Interview produced by Lisa Bryn Rundle. Over the past two months, orcas have damaged about a dozen pleasure boats off the Iberian Peninsula from the Strait of Gibraltar to the coast … "I think as bad as it is that all these attacks have been happening, especially to us, but I think in a way it's also a good thing because it's turned the spotlight on the fact that there is a problem. According to Hernandez, orcas have a good memory - like dolphins: “Two of the youngest orcas have been hitting sailboats because they are traumatised by these kinds of vessels. killer whales. We know in South Africa that feeding monkeys and baboons does lead to aggressive actions when they come used to having food given to then and when food i not attacks take place. The run-ins have mainly affected smaller boats sailing between two and eight miles from the coast. This service is provided on News Group Newspapers' Limited's Standard Terms and Conditions in accordance with our Privacy & Cookie Policy. Victor Littlefield and his 14-year-old son were fishing when the whale attacked However, Hernandez warned sailors to not get closer than 100 metres to the pod and to leave them alone and to “ live in peace and enjoy them at a distance to avoid incidents”. The University of Seville marine biologist has long observed the Gibraltar Strait orcas and says she's never seen anything like this. "They just started surrounding us in a circle, coming for the rudder and the keel," Morris told As It Happens host Carol Off. Full report . Ezequiel Andréu Cazalla, a cetacean researcher who also spoke with The Observer, described the Gibraltar Strait as “the worst place for orcas to live.” tear off part of the helm. The pod usually arrives into Spanish waters chasing schools of red tuna that are migrating from the Atlantic Ocean. A ROGUE orca pod is carrying out revenge attacks on boats following a harpoon strike by poachers, an expert has warned. Victor J Hernandez, author and naturalist, said an illegal fishing incident in July has sparked an increasing number of run-ins between the animals and passing vessels. This stretch of water where the Iberian Peninsula juts out into the Atlantic Ocean is both rife with tuna for them to hunt and on their migration … The killer whales started “ramming the hull, spinning the boat 180 degrees, disabling the autohelm and engine.” The orca pod kept pounding for an hour, which is 58 minutes longer than you on a good night. There have been several reports of orcas working together, ramming boats with their heads. this weekend . In several attacks over the last couple of months, orcas have damaged boats and injured sailors, according to The Guardian. Espada believes said the ramming could indicate stress, as Gibraltar orcas are endangered and often compete with fishing boats for food in the noisy and polluted waters in the busy strait. It's something Morris says sounds entirely plausible, especially if they're protecting their young. The boat was spinning around wildly, and the autopilot became disengaged, setting them adrift in the shipping lane. 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