Already the second: killer whales sank a boat off the coast of Portugal (photo)
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The crew of the boat hoped that the animals would play for a while and swim away. But then a crash was heard – and a huge hole formed in the tail of the boat, from where water began to rise.
A flock of killer whales broke through the bottom and sank the boat off the coast of Portugal. Marine predators made a huge hole in her back, and then tore off part of the ship's steering – and sailed away with this detail. This is reported by Newsweek.
The French sailing ship sank on 1 November. During this incident, there were four passengers on board the French sailboat, they sailed a distance of 22 km from the coast of the Portuguese city of Viana do Castelo.
One of those on board subsequently told reporters that he heard a strong sound in the tail parts of the ship, after which the whole boat began to shake. Then the passengers realized that a flock of at least six killer whales surrounded the boat, which appeared literally from nowhere and began to bite the steering wheel and rock the ship.
Marine predators alternately bit the rudder and rocked the ship.
The distress signal was not given immediately. “We hoped that they would play for a while and that maybe they wouldn't damage the boat as much,” the victim said.
The killer whales continued to bite the boat, and a crack was already heard. After that, the crew noticed a huge hole in the tail section, from where water began to arrive. After that, the boat gave a distress signal, and a nearby Swedish schooner sailed to the rescue.
“They continued to attack, the crackling of the boat became louder, and I really understood that they decided to completely destroy it,” said one of the victims.
Ultimately, the killer whales left the boat alone and swam away. One of them held the rudder of the boat in her mouth.
Another ship sailed to the crash site and took the French on board. No one was hurt.
This is the second boat that sank after an attack by killer whales. In July, these animals sank another sailboat off the coast of the Portuguese city of Sines.
Attacks of orcas, also called killer whales, have been observed off the coast of Spain and Portugal since 2020. In a number of cases, boats sank.
Kerstin Bielgmann, a biologist and researcher at Macquarie University in Australia, explained that this is rather unusual behavior, but killer whales are intelligent animals that actively play and develop new skills.
“In the past, killer whales, for example, hunted other whales together with humans during the era of whaling,” the scientist explained.