A recent increase in Orcas attacking boats is raising concerns amongst sea farers
why are these interactions increasing?
1. depleted food stocks
Depletion of natural prey due to overfishing could be a reason. Perhaps out of frustration or mistaken identification as potential food sources.
The noise pollution from engines may disrupt communication, leading to stress and increased aggression.
3. Playing & Training
This behavior could be a form of play or a teaching technique to educate their young, using the boats as moving targets.
A female orca named White Gladis is suspected of being the victim of a traumatizing collision or entrapment with boats. This event could have resulted in her attacking ships; as she did this, other orcas followed suit.
The Orca, or “killer whale,” has moved from an object of wonder to a cause for concern. This story is a stark reminder that the balance in our ecosystems is fragile
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