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2022-08-21 1:09:08 AM  
Killer whales are 'attacking' sailboats near Europe's coast. Scientists don't know why

Because they're smart, coordinated, pissed off, and realized there's food aboard those little boats?

Just guessing?
 
2022-08-21 1:10:19 AM  
How rudde
 
2022-08-21 1:13:01 AM  
Wasnt there a family in the 80s that got stranded in the ocean in a tiny dingy and had to give enemas of sea turtle blood to each other to keep from dehydrating because their boat was attacked and sunk by a pod of killer whales?

What I'm saying is its not a new phenomenon.
 
2022-08-21 1:14:42 AM  
Orcas are the most disrespectful animals on the planet @mndiaye_97
Youtube lSD3lzXs3i4
orcas,, also known as homicidal oreos or steroid zebra guppies
 
2022-08-21 1:16:38 AM  
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2022-08-21 1:17:11 AM  
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2022-08-21 1:19:27 AM  
First of all, these are large dolphins that have an imperative goal. Second: they have a very defined goal and they are going to up-end your boat
 
2022-08-21 1:24:14 AM  
suck my dick, i'm a killer whale
 
2022-08-21 1:24:52 AM  
Because farking sailboats are hashing their mellow.
 
2022-08-21 1:27:24 AM  
Tired of our shiat.
 
2022-08-21 1:31:59 AM  

Gyrfalcon: Killer whales are 'attacking' sailboats near Europe's coast. Scientists don't know why

Because they're smart, coordinated, pissed off, and realized there's food aboard those little boats?

Just guessing?


Killer whales are also high on pure DGAF - even for whales they are not scared of you much
 
2022-08-21 1:34:51 AM  

Some Junkie Cosmonaut: Gyrfalcon: Killer whales are 'attacking' sailboats near Europe's coast. Scientists don't know why

Because they're smart, coordinated, pissed off, and realized there's food aboard those little boats?

Just guessing?

Killer whales are also high on pure DGAF - even for whales they are not scared of you much


Also not whales 🐳 They do not give one single fark about your floaty
 
2022-08-21 1:36:58 AM  
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2022-08-21 1:40:11 AM  
From reading the article, scientist believe it is group of juveniles who are just curious or bored. It's just a fad. Like dumbass TikTok videos.
 
2022-08-21 1:43:14 AM  
Justice for Freya!
 
2022-08-21 1:43:38 AM  
It's not like the ocean is full of stuff to play with. WHen this happens, throw them a soccer ball.
 
2022-08-21 1:47:35 AM  
Back in the 1990s, for some orcas in the Pacific, something else was in vogue. "They'd kill fish and just swim around with this fish on their head," Towers says.

I much prefer this orca fad.
 
2022-08-21 1:49:39 AM  
wealthy over privileged types being attacked by Mother Nature? i see no problem here.
 
2022-08-21 1:57:40 AM  

TorpedoOrca: Some Junkie Cosmonaut: Gyrfalcon: Killer whales are 'attacking' sailboats near Europe's coast. Scientists don't know why

Because they're smart, coordinated, pissed off, and realized there's food aboard those little boats?

Just guessing?

Killer whales are also high on pure DGAF - even for whales they are not scared of you much

Also not whales 🐳 They do not give one single fark about your floaty


True, despite biology I tend to lump them and dolphins into a mental 'smallish whale' category.  In all cases they're on the, "Do not even" when you're in their territory
 
2022-08-21 1:58:27 AM  

Some Junkie Cosmonaut: TorpedoOrca: Some Junkie Cosmonaut: Gyrfalcon: Killer whales are 'attacking' sailboats near Europe's coast. Scientists don't know why

Because they're smart, coordinated, pissed off, and realized there's food aboard those little boats?

Just guessing?

Killer whales are also high on pure DGAF - even for whales they are not scared of you much

Also not whales 🐳 They do not give one single fark about your floaty

True, despite biology I tend to lump them and dolphins into a mental 'smallish whale' category.  In all cases they're on the, "Do not even" when you're in their territory


Heh - the "Do not even" LIST - WTB typing that makes sense, PST
 
2022-08-21 2:15:05 AM  
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2022-08-21 2:24:17 AM  
Here's another informative video about Orcas I coincidentally stumbled upon earlier today.
TLDW Look out humans, we got evolutionary competition
The Insane Biology of: The Orca
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2022-08-21 2:28:58 AM  

Some Junkie Cosmonaut: TorpedoOrca: Some Junkie Cosmonaut: Gyrfalcon: Killer whales are 'attacking' sailboats near Europe's coast. Scientists don't know why

Because they're smart, coordinated, pissed off, and realized there's food aboard those little boats?

Just guessing?

Killer whales are also high on pure DGAF - even for whales they are not scared of you much

Also not whales 🐳 They do not give one single fark about your floaty

True, despite biology I tend to lump them and dolphins into a mental 'smallish whale' category.  In all cases they're on the, "Do not even" when you're in their territory


Dolphins are a subset of whales. A Sperm whale is more closely related to a dolphin than a humpback whale.

So orcas are whales and dolphins.
 
2022-08-21 2:30:03 AM  
Orcas are getting angry because they haven't found a weight loss program to make them cute like dolphins.
 
2022-08-21 2:37:51 AM  
Orca attacks on boats are far from unheard of.

Sounds like this may have been some curious youths. You know how kids poke at unfamiliar things? Well without hands or legs that poking probably looks a lot like a ramming attack.

The other claim I have seen in the past is that orcas may mistake some vessels as an injured whale.

It is actually really surprising that orcas don't generally attack people (there is not a single confirmed human fatality from a wild Orca, with the most likely one was a group of whales that were literally starving having been cut off from the open ocean). Orcas kill and eat a huge variety of species (fish, sharks, whales of all sizes, seals, penguins, squid, even things like deer) but for whatever reason humans are not on the menu.
 
2022-08-21 2:44:57 AM  
Orcas are highly intelligent, powerful, and complete jerks.

They have one of the strongest maternal bonds in the animal kingdom, yet will separate a humpback calf from its mother and kill it for fun.

They like to catch penguins and seals and then smack their still-living prey into the air until it finally dies.

They are the thugs of the ocean.   Even the white sharks aren't safe from them.
 
2022-08-21 2:45:49 AM  

dywed88: Orca attacks on boats are far from unheard of.

Sounds like this may have been some curious youths. You know how kids poke at unfamiliar things? Well without hands or legs that poking probably looks a lot like a ramming attack.

The other claim I have seen in the past is that orcas may mistake some vessels as an injured whale.

It is actually really surprising that orcas don't generally attack people (there is not a single confirmed human fatality from a wild Orca, with the most likely one was a group of whales that were literally starving having been cut off from the open ocean). Orcas kill and eat a huge variety of species (fish, sharks, whales of all sizes, seals, penguins, squid, even things like deer) but for whatever reason humans are not on the menu.


Maybe humans aren't on the menu because orcas have figured out we're trouble. They kill a few of us, we'll kill a lot of them. Maybe they even have a cultural memory of whaling boats decimating whale populations.
 
2022-08-21 2:47:35 AM  

ng2810: Wasnt there a family in the 80s that got stranded in the ocean in a tiny dingy and had to give enemas of sea turtle blood to each other to keep from dehydrating because their boat was attacked and sunk by a pod of killer whales?

What I'm saying is its not a new phenomenon.


You just wanted to talk about enemas.
 
2022-08-21 2:50:02 AM  

Marksrevenge: dywed88: Orca attacks on boats are far from unheard of.

Sounds like this may have been some curious youths. You know how kids poke at unfamiliar things? Well without hands or legs that poking probably looks a lot like a ramming attack.

The other claim I have seen in the past is that orcas may mistake some vessels as an injured whale.

It is actually really surprising that orcas don't generally attack people (there is not a single confirmed human fatality from a wild Orca, with the most likely one was a group of whales that were literally starving having been cut off from the open ocean). Orcas kill and eat a huge variety of species (fish, sharks, whales of all sizes, seals, penguins, squid, even things like deer) but for whatever reason humans are not on the menu.

Maybe humans aren't on the menu because orcas have figured out we're trouble. They kill a few of us, we'll kill a lot of them. Maybe they even have a cultural memory of whaling boats decimating whale populations.


I've always suspected that they respect us as being one of the few species that enjoy killing as much as they do.
 
2022-08-21 2:51:15 AM  

Iamos: Back in the 1990s, for some orcas in the Pacific, something else was in vogue. "They'd kill fish and just swim around with this fish on their head," Towers says.

I much prefer this orca fad.


She'll either kill us all or pour soup in her hair.
 
2022-08-21 2:52:16 AM  

studebaker hoch: Orcas are highly intelligent, powerful, and complete jerks.

They have one of the strongest maternal bonds in the animal kingdom, yet will separate a humpback calf from its mother and kill it for fun.

They like to catch penguins and seals and then smack their still-living prey into the air until it finally dies.

They are the thugs of the ocean.   Even the white sharks aren't safe from them.


They are all named Kevin and are doofuses.
 
2022-08-21 2:54:59 AM  

Marksrevenge: dywed88: Orca attacks on boats are far from unheard of.

Sounds like this may have been some curious youths. You know how kids poke at unfamiliar things? Well without hands or legs that poking probably looks a lot like a ramming attack.

The other claim I have seen in the past is that orcas may mistake some vessels as an injured whale.

It is actually really surprising that orcas don't generally attack people (there is not a single confirmed human fatality from a wild Orca, with the most likely one was a group of whales that were literally starving having been cut off from the open ocean). Orcas kill and eat a huge variety of species (fish, sharks, whales of all sizes, seals, penguins, squid, even things like deer) but for whatever reason humans are not on the menu.

Maybe humans aren't on the menu because orcas have figured out we're trouble. They kill a few of us, we'll kill a lot of them. Maybe they even have a cultural memory of whaling boats decimating whale populations.


Or they just have a good sense of smell and know we taste like ass.
 
2022-08-21 2:57:20 AM  

dywed88: but for whatever reason humans are not on the menu.


Yet :)
 
2022-08-21 3:00:47 AM  

Minor Catastrophe: Orcas are getting angry because they haven't found a weight loss program to make them cute like dolphins.


Why can't they just chum their inner Lizzo?
 
2022-08-21 3:01:01 AM  

Marksrevenge: dywed88: Orca attacks on boats are far from unheard of.

Sounds like this may have been some curious youths. You know how kids poke at unfamiliar things? Well without hands or legs that poking probably looks a lot like a ramming attack.

The other claim I have seen in the past is that orcas may mistake some vessels as an injured whale.

It is actually really surprising that orcas don't generally attack people (there is not a single confirmed human fatality from a wild Orca, with the most likely one was a group of whales that were literally starving having been cut off from the open ocean). Orcas kill and eat a huge variety of species (fish, sharks, whales of all sizes, seals, penguins, squid, even things like deer) but for whatever reason humans are not on the menu.

Maybe humans aren't on the menu because orcas have figured out we're trouble. They kill a few of us, we'll kill a lot of them. Maybe they even have a cultural memory of whaling boats decimating whale populations.


Oh this is a thought class. Do the Orcas remember the screams of their children as Sea World sequestered them into nets and stole them?
 
2022-08-21 3:01:40 AM  

KB202: Marksrevenge: dywed88: Orca attacks on boats are far from unheard of.

Sounds like this may have been some curious youths. You know how kids poke at unfamiliar things? Well without hands or legs that poking probably looks a lot like a ramming attack.

The other claim I have seen in the past is that orcas may mistake some vessels as an injured whale.

It is actually really surprising that orcas don't generally attack people (there is not a single confirmed human fatality from a wild Orca, with the most likely one was a group of whales that were literally starving having been cut off from the open ocean). Orcas kill and eat a huge variety of species (fish, sharks, whales of all sizes, seals, penguins, squid, even things like deer) but for whatever reason humans are not on the menu.

Maybe humans aren't on the menu because orcas have figured out we're trouble. They kill a few of us, we'll kill a lot of them. Maybe they even have a cultural memory of whaling boats decimating whale populations.

Or they just have a good sense of smell and know we taste like ass.


One can hope. But once TorpedoOrca gets them organized, we're farked.
 
2022-08-21 3:02:14 AM  
Scientists don't know why

Orcas figured out those plastic things are filled with delicious people?
 
2022-08-21 3:02:59 AM  

Herr Flick's Revenge: studebaker hoch: Orcas are highly intelligent, powerful, and complete jerks.

They have one of the strongest maternal bonds in the animal kingdom, yet will separate a humpback calf from its mother and kill it for fun.

They like to catch penguins and seals and then smack their still-living prey into the air until it finally dies.

They are the thugs of the ocean.   Even the white sharks aren't safe from them.

They are all named Kevin and are doofuses.


And wear Stussy hats at just the perfect angle.   THOSE orcas.
 
2022-08-21 3:04:01 AM  

Wendigogo: One can hope. But once TorpedoOrca gets them organized, we're farked.


Nah, the orcas made a key evolutionary mistake by returning to the sea.

No fire.
 
2022-08-21 3:06:50 AM  
Most likely explanation: Either someone in a sailboat rammed an orca(accidentally or not) so now sailboats are recognized as a threat or someone in a sailboat thought it'd be fun to feed the orcas to lure them close so they could take a bunch of pics. Now the orcas get frustrated when people in the boats don't cough up food.
 
2022-08-21 3:08:16 AM  
There's always this desire to make dolphins (of which orcas are a species) nice and playful and gentle and this and that--oh, they're just playing, oh, it's just a group of juveniles, they're curious about the boat, it's just a game, whatever.

Completely disregarding the fact that captive orcas have killed and mauled several idiots stupid enough to climb into their tanks (especially bulls, who shouldn't have been in tanks that small to begin with); that pack hunting and capsizing surface floating objects is how they hunt in the wild; that all dolphins are sadistic bastards that have been observed in the wild to kill for sport, attack other species for fun and not for food, and are more than intelligent enough to change strategies mid-attack if it doesn't seem one method is working for them.

Anthropomorphizing animals is never a good idea, but it's possible with higher mammals like dolphins and chimpanzees to go too far in the other direction and lay all their behavior off on "just being animals." When several different groups of orcas in a region are systematically attacking the rudders of small sailboats, it should be cautiously assumed they're doing it on purpose and letting other pods know "Hey, if you hit the swinging thing on the back the human float can't go."

Why they're doing it shouldn't be inferred; but assuming that "aw, isn't that sweet, the orcas want to play with the boat" shouldn't be assumed either.
 
2022-08-21 3:10:41 AM  

Marksrevenge: dywed88: Orca attacks on boats are far from unheard of.

Sounds like this may have been some curious youths. You know how kids poke at unfamiliar things? Well without hands or legs that poking probably looks a lot like a ramming attack.

The other claim I have seen in the past is that orcas may mistake some vessels as an injured whale.

It is actually really surprising that orcas don't generally attack people (there is not a single confirmed human fatality from a wild Orca, with the most likely one was a group of whales that were literally starving having been cut off from the open ocean). Orcas kill and eat a huge variety of species (fish, sharks, whales of all sizes, seals, penguins, squid, even things like deer) but for whatever reason humans are not on the menu.

Maybe humans aren't on the menu because orcas have figured out we're trouble. They kill a few of us, we'll kill a lot of them. Maybe they even have a cultural memory of whaling boats decimating whale populations.


Oooh, "controlled experiment"!
 
2022-08-21 3:12:52 AM  

KB202: Marksrevenge: dywed88: Orca attacks on boats are far from unheard of.

Sounds like this may have been some curious youths. You know how kids poke at unfamiliar things? Well without hands or legs that poking probably looks a lot like a ramming attack.

The other claim I have seen in the past is that orcas may mistake some vessels as an injured whale.

It is actually really surprising that orcas don't generally attack people (there is not a single confirmed human fatality from a wild Orca, with the most likely one was a group of whales that were literally starving having been cut off from the open ocean). Orcas kill and eat a huge variety of species (fish, sharks, whales of all sizes, seals, penguins, squid, even things like deer) but for whatever reason humans are not on the menu.

Maybe humans aren't on the menu because orcas have figured out we're trouble. They kill a few of us, we'll kill a lot of them. Maybe they even have a cultural memory of whaling boats decimating whale populations.

Or they just have a good sense of smell and know we taste like ass.


No, it must be because orcas have same opinions about humanity as smartest farkers
 
2022-08-21 3:19:00 AM  

Gyrfalcon: There's always this desire to make dolphins (of which orcas are a species) nice and playful and gentle and this and that--oh, they're just playing, oh, it's just a group of juveniles, they're curious about the boat, it's just a game, whatever.

Completely disregarding the fact that captive orcas have killed and mauled several idiots stupid enough to climb into their tanks (especially bulls, who shouldn't have been in tanks that small to begin with); that pack hunting and capsizing surface floating objects is how they hunt in the wild; that all dolphins are sadistic bastards that have been observed in the wild to kill for sport, attack other species for fun and not for food, and are more than intelligent enough to change strategies mid-attack if it doesn't seem one method is working for them.

Anthropomorphizing animals is never a good idea, but it's possible with higher mammals like dolphins and chimpanzees to go too far in the other direction and lay all their behavior off on "just being animals." When several different groups of orcas in a region are systematically attacking the rudders of small sailboats, it should be cautiously assumed they're doing it on purpose and letting other pods know "Hey, if you hit the swinging thing on the back the human float can't go."

Why they're doing it shouldn't be inferred; but assuming that "aw, isn't that sweet, the orcas want to play with the boat" shouldn't be assumed either.


I wanted th party with this guy!
 
2022-08-21 3:34:06 AM  

KB202: Or they just have a good sense of smell and know we taste like ass.


This is the reason most shark attacks are a single bite.

>BLEH!< That's not a seal!
 
2022-08-21 3:44:47 AM  
I told my dad, 'I'm not thinking clearly, so you need to think for me,'" the 27-year-old Norwegian medical student says. "Thankfully, he is a very calm and centered person, and made me feel safe by gently talking about the situation."
Well that's not very encouraging
 
2022-08-21 3:56:43 AM  

cwheelie: I told my dad, 'I'm not thinking clearly, so you need to think for me,'" the 27-year-old Norwegian medical student says. "Thankfully, he is a very calm and centered person, and made me feel safe by gently talking about the situation."
Well that's not very encouraging


Maybe she missed the class the day orca attacks were discussed
 
2022-08-21 3:57:35 AM  
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2022-08-21 4:04:47 AM  

dywed88: Sounds like this may have been some curious youths. You know how kids poke at unfamiliar things? Well without hands or legs that poking probably looks a lot like a ramming attack.


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"Hey you kids, get away from that thang!"

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