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Video Shows Moment Boat Is Attacked by Orca in Strait of Gibraltar

12th June 2023
A still from video of the orca attack on 15 April, showing the cetacean with a piece of rudder that it ripped from the boat
A still from video of the orca attack on 15 April, showing the cetacean with a piece of rudder that it ripped from the boat Credit: catamaranguru/Instagram

A boat captain has shared video of the moment his vessel was ambushed by an orca in the Strait of Gibraltar, as Newsweek reports.

The footage captured by Dan Kriz documents one of a spate of attacks by orcas on vessels in the area since spring, leaving experts baffled.

It’s not the first time that Kriz has felt the wrath of such marine wildlife, as he recounts being ambushed in the same stretch of water in 2020.

But he characterises his most recent ordeal on 15 April as more deliberate.

“It didn’t take them that long to destroy both rudders,” he said. “Looks like they knew exactly what they are doing. They didn’t touch anything else.”

Marine wildlife experts are divided over this unusual behaviour, with some attributing it to mere play while others suggest it could be one vengeful orca teaching others how to attack the boats.

Newsweek has more on the story HERE.

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