A numerous group of orcas They are preventing normal navigation on the coast of Cádiz. In fact, Maritime Rescue had to tow the sailboat on Monday night ‘Eva’, after notifying his four crew members of having suffered a rush with killer whales a mile and a half west of Cape Camarinal, near Bolonia beach, and its rudder disabled, so that rise to two the total number of sailboats assisted by Salvamento on the same day due to a collision with these mammals.

According to Europa Press sources of Maritime Rescue, It has been the same salvage that participated in the first rescue, the ‘Enif’, which has towed the sailboat to the port of Barbate (Cádiz), where they have arrived at about 2.25 hours this morning. The advisory aired around midnight.

Earlier in the afternoon, another sailboat, the ‘Eva’, reported a collision with killer whales eleven miles southwest of Atlanterra, in the municipality of Tarifa (Cádiz), moving the ‘Enif’ to rescue him and tow him to Barbate.

In a first call, from this sailboat they warned of an interaction with orcas, although they qualified that they did not require assistance. Later, the sailboat alerted of an incident with killer whales asking for assistance because the rudder was not working properly.


Ezequiel Andréu, researcher at the Atlantic Orca Working Group, has insisted, in relation to the incidents with killer whales suffered by sailboats in the surroundings of Tarifa and Barbate, on the importance of «follow the protocol that has been prepared and that is based on the experiences that have taken place in July of last year, when the first interactions took place for which there is a reference and in which there has been a rudder break».

In statements to Canal Sur Radio, collected by Europa Press, Andréu explained that «This protocol only indicates that the boat stops, continue sailing, stop the autopilot, do not move the rudder because it is the element that attracts them, do not take your body out of the boat, don’t make any kind of noise and wait a prudent time after having contacted through the VHS with the control devices and maritime traffic to give warning of the observation ».

In this sense, Andrew has pointed out that «it is preferred to speak of interaction And not from attack why there is no intention on the part of the killer whale to destroy anything or to attack, but they are interactions that take place »and that can arrive “To rudder breaks.”

Thus, he explained that the boats that are affected are “sailing boats that see that their rudders, which are very specific elements and that are far from the propeller, can end up broken, especially when a series of measures are not followed” .

Regarding the motivation of the killer whales to carry out these “Interactions”Andréu has recognized that “why they do it cannot be known today with the information we have and, in fact, and when dealing with animals, it is possible that it may never be possible to answer exactly”.

However, he has clarified that “in any case, it is not about what is being done wrong, it can also be a behavioral pattern learned and repeated over time, and also transmitted to the rest of the groups of individuals ».

Finally, about a potential danger for bathers, the researcher has revealed that «always be very cautious, but there are no records of killer whales attacking bathersNot even anyone who has fallen from a boat.

In this way, he stressed that “the fear is that a sailing vessel may be left without a rudder and adrift, and this is what is being tried to avoid, hence the development of the protocol and its compliance”, while warned that “throwing anything at animals is not going to scare or frighten them, but the opposite can happen.”

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