10 Aug ‘Orca uprising’: Why are orca whales targeting boats?
Pods of orcas are being documented ramming into and even destroying boats, as scientists try to understand why. Off the coasts of Portugal and Spain and in the nearby Strait of Gibraltar, pods of orca whales have been ramming commuter boats and ripping off boat rudders. At least three sailboats have sunk in the past year. Now, it’s happened again off Scotland’s Shetland Islands, the first ever in that area. There’ve been more than 200 reports of these types of encounters since 2020. And if you’ve been scrolling through your social media feed, you might be on “team orca” or “team yacht”. The possible explanations for why, though, aren’t as clear cut as orcas wanting to take down billionaire boats.