Tall ship sinks in pods off Viana do castle as ‘spooky’ encounters continue
Video filmed inside the French crewed ship, the Smudgerevealed that the boat had taken on a large amount of water after apex predators “cracked” its hull.
The ship sank in its watery grave off the port of Viana do Castle last week.
The video shows the moment one of the crew members made a distress call for help.
Authorities are heard asking “how much water do you have?”, before the camera pans to reveal the flooded ship.
“Upon arrival at the site, the four crew members were found to have been rescued by a nearby sailing vessel, and were found to be in good physical condition and did not require medical assistance. “, reads the press release.
“The injured sailboat ended up sinking, and the crew of the Viana do Castelo rescue station proceeded to collect various wrecks, and no source of pollution was detected on the site.”
The encounter comes months after orcas sank a separate vessel off Sines.
Five people fled in a life raft, from where they were later rescued.
A group of whales approach two paddleboarders
A swarm of orcas by boat in 10 seconds
French sailor Yann Krzemien had his own encounter with a pair of killer whales off Peniche in early July.
He opened up to 9news.com.au about the “scary encounter”.
Krzemien was cooking when he and his crew spotted a large dorsal fin breaking the surface “about 100 meters” from their catamaran.
“I asked my crew if the orcas were coming and they said ‘yes,'” he said.
“Maybe five or 10 seconds later they did the first ‘ping’, against the rudder.
“It was very fast, scary.”
Thinking on his feet, Krzemien stopped the boat, cast off the ship’s sails, turned off the echo sounder and contacted the coast guard in case things went wrong.
For more than 45 minutes, the orcas made passes alongside and under the boat, paying particular attention to the rudder.
“At first I was scared because I thought they had broken something on the hull,” Krzemien said.
“(But) they were eating the rudder, quite gently…I realized they weren’t going to break anything.
“They were very calm, not aggressive.
“For me, it was like they were playing with the rudder.
“It was like a Chupa Chups for them.”
Biologists have different theories as to why killer whales appear to target boats off Portugal, with some suggesting it could be territorial or playful behavior.
Alfredo López, professor of biology at the Coordinator for the Study of Marine Mammals, previously said the animals take “precautionary” measures to protect themselves.
Krzemien said people who go to Portuguese waters shouldn’t be afraid, “only aware” that they are sharing the water with big, smart animals.