Orca pod break the rudder of a ship in the Strait of Gibraltar

Orca pod break the rudder of a ship in the Strait of Gibraltar

The captain of the boat, Antonio Busse, told Real Press that he had been on watch duty that evening when he heard an unfamiliar noise and rushed to the back of the ship, witnessing what he counted to be four orcas. The incident happened off Morocco’s Cape Spartel when the pod approached the Serena IV sailboat and rammed its rudder.

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At one point, the sailor filming the video can be heard shouting: “Look, they hit the wheel a bit! They don’t like the wheel. They always go for the wheel.” The orcas eventually broke off part of the vessel’s rudder. Despite a partially broken rudder, the boat managed to continue on its journey and anchor in the Spanish port of Tarifa.

Meanwhile, other crew members are seen desperately throwing items into the water and shouting at the whales, telling them to “get off the boat.” In the dramatic video footage published by the DailyMail, Busse can be seen using a long pole to hit the side of the boat and the water in an attempt to scare the orcas away. 

  Watch the video below: 

The incident occured at the end of March and is not the first of its kind in the area. In September 2020, the Observer reported that killer whales had been causing damage to more than a dozen boats in the Straits of Gibraltar, in some instances even leaving crew members seriously injured. “I have been in Antarctica and I have never seen something like this,” he said. Busse, who has sailed across the world, said that the incident had been terrifying, adding that “something like this had never happened before” in his lifetime, according to the DailyMail.

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