‘It was scary’, the striking images of orcas slamming into the hull of a boat in The Ocean Race

‘It was scary’, the striking images of orcas slamming into the hull of a boat in The Ocean Race

2023-06-23 15:09:08
By the editorial staff

Posted 2 hours ago, Updated 15 minutes ago


Two cetaceans hit the hull of one of the boats taking part in the world tour. An impressive sequence but also very distressing for the skippers.

As they approached Gibraltar on Thursday, the members of Team JAJO, which is taking part in the last leg of The Ocean Race, a round-the-world race in stages and by crew, were surprised to see two killer whales swoop down on their VO65.

They approached the boat before starting to play with the hull and the rudders of the boat, even giving a few blows. Both amused but also very worried, the skippers started hitting the deck of the boat with objects in an attempt to scare away the two sea monsters who eventually got tired of the presence of the VO65 and took the wide.

«Two killer whales rushed at us and started ramming the boat. It was impressive to see these magnificent animals, but it was also a dangerous time for the team. We lowered the sails and slowed the boat down as quickly as possible and luckily after a few attacks they cleared away. It was a scary momentcommented one of the crew members, relieved to see that the boat had not been damaged.

Orc attacks more and more frequent

At the end of May, the French navigator Sébastien Destremau, then in the Cape of Trafalgar area, had come under attack from at least eight killer whales for almost an hour. “An hour under their battering, it was very impressive and we were very scared“said the shocked Mediterranean aboard his boat Lancelot. “We saw them coming from quite a distance and we immediately understood that this time it was for ushe had commented.

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