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When Animals Attack, Marine Edition
Posted by: btfc
Date: September 13, 2020 01:09PM
‘ Sailors travelling along the Strait of Gibraltar to Galicia have sent numerous distress calls in the last two months, with reports of boats losing part of their rudders, crew members sustaining bruises, and ships having to be towed away because of serious damage.

In one instance, a 46-foot delivery boat was surrounded by nine orcas off Cape Trafalgar in Spain. The whales, that can weight up to six tons, rammed the boat continuously for one hour, causing it to spin 180 degrees and the engine to shut down, according to crew member Victoria Morris.

Morris told the Observer that the attack, which happened on July 28, felt “totally orchestrated.”

“The noise was really scary. They were ramming the keel, there was this horrible echo, I thought they could capsize the boat,” Morris said. “And this deafening noise as they communicated, whistling to each other. It was so loud that we had to shout.”

The orca pod had left by the time help arrived, but the boat still had to be towed to a nearby town called Barbate. Crew members later found the rudder missing its bottom layers and teeth marks along the underside of the ship.

Several days prior, a man was motor sailing alone off Barbate when he heard a sound “like a sledgehammer” and saw his wheel “turning with incredible force.” Nick Giles told the Guardian that his 34-foot Moody yacht spun 180 degrees as he felt it lift up.

Giles said he was pushed around without steering for approximately 15 minutes.

“The boat lifted up half a foot and I was pushed by a second whale from behind,” he said, according to the Observer. While the sailor was resetting the cables, the orca hit again, “nearly chopping off my fingers in the mechanism.”

In a similar instance, a crew member from another delivery boat near Barbate told the port authority said the force of the orcas hitting the ship “nearly dislocated the helmsman’s shoulder and spun the whole yacht through 120 degrees,” according to the Observer.

Researchers say that it is not unusual for orcas, who are highly social and curious animals by nature, to follow boats or even interact with the rudder as a form of play. However, it is unnatural for them to become aggressive. ‘


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Re: When Animals Attack, Marine Edition
Posted by: Carnos Jax
Date: September 13, 2020 01:42PM
For so long we have lived with them in peace (them more so than us though). This is highly unusual and very disturbing. Due to their intelligence and size, they are potentially more dangerous than great white sharks, if they ever decided to declare war and turn on us. Time to exterminate them. winking smiley
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Re: When Animals Attack, Marine Edition
Posted by: modelamac
Date: September 13, 2020 03:28PM
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Carnos Jax
For so long we have lived with them in peace (them more so than us though). This is highly unusual and very disturbing. Due to their intelligence and size, they are potentially more dangerous than great white sharks, if they ever decided to declare war and turn on us. Time to exterminate them. winking smiley

I hope you are joking. We are eating their prey and polluting (noise and plastic) their environment, but they are the bad guys?



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Re: When Animals Attack, Marine Edition
Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: September 13, 2020 03:38PM
The pod/family that spends the most time in the South Seattle Sound is in significant danger of dying off because of the above mentioned issues.

I wonder if an AI might be able to learn to talk to discrete pods better than we have been able to manage.



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Re: When Animals Attack, Marine Edition
Posted by: Carnos Jax
Date: September 13, 2020 04:36PM
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modelamac
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Carnos Jax
For so long we have lived with them in peace (them more so than us though). This is highly unusual and very disturbing. Due to their intelligence and size, they are potentially more dangerous than great white sharks, if they ever decided to declare war and turn on us. Time to exterminate them. winking smiley

I hope you are joking. We are eating their prey and polluting (noise and plastic) their environment, but they are the bad guys?

Yes, joking (was hoping the winking smiley face would've made that clear).

However, knowing humans, we've killed off most predators who tried to co-exist with us. I wouldn't be surprised if we declared war on them and wipe out their number significantly in particular areas.



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Re: When Animals Attack, Marine Edition
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: September 13, 2020 04:49PM

shoulda hired him when you had the chance
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Re: When Animals Attack, Marine Edition
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: September 13, 2020 05:01PM
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Re: When Animals Attack, Marine Edition
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: September 13, 2020 05:57PM
but they are the bad guys?


They are when they attack.

I don't care what their 'reason' is.

You attack, you get put down.

The real question is – are these attacks or is this just orca 'roughhouse' stuff.

Maybe drop a hydrophone in the water broadcasting sounds of a Japanese whaler.

It's a little sad that as humans, we take over lands and seas that belong to animals (and other humans) but until all governments take control of all individuals' right to reproduce and do so only as the State allows, we humans at the top of the food chain, will continue to displace and annihilate whole species of animals.

Write your congress people or quit your whining.




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