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Orcas are sinking rich people's yachts and the internet is cheering for them

Marine experts believe White Gladis was traumatized by a "critical moment of agony" with a boat, possibly from being hit by its rudder.

Orcas are sinking rich people's yachts and the internet is cheering for them
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If you are someone who enjoys and can afford to drink away your martinee in your Yacht off the Iberian coast in Spain, then you might be a victim of a revenge plot. Vengeful marine thugs are working together to sink boats off Europe's coasts and they seem unstoppable. Orcas, the killer whales are hunting down rich people's yachts and with much intention of sinking them. Why, you wonder? Marine experts say that an Orca named White Gladis was traumatized by a "critical moment of agony" with a boat, possibly from being hit by its rudder, reports Jezebel. She began ramming into the rudders of boats. In her wake, no barefooted yachtsman was safe. However, White Gladis was not acting alone. Orcas are highly social creatures, so when a few of them saw White Gladis completely blow up, it radicalized them, and they began to imitate her behavior, according to Live Science.

Since the spring of 2020, there have been 500 reports of orcas biting, ramming into, and breaking boat rudders. The calfs even started practicing on smaller boats in the hopes of one day capsizing a superyacht with a sculpture of Lauren Sanchez on the bow sponsored by Jeff Bezos. So far, three boats have gone down. Seems like they surely are coming for you...if you're rich. According to Alfredo López Fernandez, a biologist at the University of Aveiro in Portugal who spoke to Live Science, while experts "do not interpret that the orcas are teaching the young...the behavior has spread to the young vertically, simply by imitation, and later horizontally among them because they consider it something important in their lives." 

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(Representational) Image Source: Pexels | Photo by Fawzy Alex


Three orcas banded together earlier in the month of May to sink a Swiss yacht named 'Champagne'. Fortunately, everyone was saved. On the night of May 4, they struck the yacht in the Strait of Gibraltar, off the coast of Spain, and pierced the rudder. Skipper Werner Schaufelberger told the German publication Yacht, "There were two smaller and one larger orca. The little ones shook the rudder at the back while the big one repeatedly backed up and rammed the ship with full force from the side." Schaufelberger said he saw the smaller orcas imitate the larger ones. "The two little orcas observed the bigger one's technique and, with a slight run-up, they too slammed into the boat." Spanish coast guards rescued the crew and towed the boat to Barbate, but it sank at the port entrance. 



A pod of six orcas had previously attacked another sailboat navigating the strait. Greg Blackburn, who was on board the ship, observed a mother orca teaching her calf how to charge into the rudder. "It was definitely some form of education, teaching going on," Blackburn told 9news. The unusual behavior could also be playful or a "fad" — a behavior initiated by one or two people and temporarily adopted by others before being abandoned. As the number of incidents rises, so does concern for both sailors and the Iberian orca subpopulation, which has already been designated endangered. "They are incredibly curious and playful animals and so this might be more of a plaything as opposed to an aggressive thing," Deborah Giles, an orca researcher at the University of Washington and at the non-profit Wild Orca, told Live Science.

Seems like the Orca revolution against the rich has begun and Twitter users are all here to hail it. Here are some of the supportive responses from the world of Twitter. 






















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