Some Observers Claim That Killer Whales Learn To Attack Yachts in ‘Coordinated’ Ways.
Observers speculate. The orcas may be teaching one another new techniques to hit vessels.
Following a string of attacks on sailboats off the coast of Europe some observers speculate. The orcas may be teaching others how to attack boats.
A 26-foot vessel was attacked on May 22 off the coast of Cape Spartel, close to the Strait of Gibraltar, according to reports from sailors who described a series of “coordinated” attacks by a group of orcas.
Sailor JP Derunes posted about the arrival of six orcas in the Facebook group Orca Attack Reports. Which tracks orca behavior. Six orcas showed up, including two large adults and four smaller ones, he added. Both rudders have damage and obstructions. Later this week, the boat will be taken away.
That Incident Came After a Nocturnal Strike
That incident came after a nocturnal strike on May 4. The three orcas attack a Swiss boat name Champagne that was also traveling through the Strait of Gibraltar. According to Yacht, a German boating news source. They struck its rudder and ultimately caused it to sink.
Findings are from the research report in the journal Marine Mammal Science. In 2020, the year when hostile interactions are thought to have started.
At least 15 human-orca events were documented. Many of those incidents involved orcas biting or slamming yacht rudders.
There don’t seem to have been any recorded casualties from the attacks.
Scientists believe that the female orca known as “White Gladis” may have been the cause of the rise in antagonism.
White Gladis is thought to have had a “critical moment of agony,” like a boat collision. They caused the orca trauma and caused other killer whales to learn to replicate that behavior.
Killer Whales To Attack Most Interactions Between Orcas
Most interactions between orcas and sailors have been non-lethal.
“Three sinking ship contacts—out of more than 500—have been noted since 2020. Only one out of every 100 ships travels through an area.
According to estimates from Alfredo López Fernandez News, a biologist at the University of Aveiro, gets touched by killer whales.
Why does the whale’s association with the barnacles benefit or hurt the whale?
- Save the Whales
- Whale Species
- Whales and Barnacles
Whales and barnacles are two examples. Attaching to the whales is only advantageous to the barnacles. The whale incurs no biological cost.
Commensalism is the term for this kind of mutually beneficial arrangement. In this instance, the barnacles have a safe location to dwell. a free ride, and easy access to abundant food by adhering to the whales.