This is the incredible moment when a sea captain fights orcas with a pole and yelled at them for ‘p ** s off’ after attacking his boat.
Captain Antonio Busse, 40, shouted ‘get out of the damn boat’ when a group of orcas surrounded his ship in the waters of the Strait of Gibraltar.
The predators had attacked the sailboat Serena IV off the coast of Cape Spartel on Saturday evening, leaving it without a working rudder to steer.
Video captured the moment when a sailboat was attacked by a group of orcas, forcing the sea captain to react quickly to save his crew.
Spanish maritime authorities last year warned boats to keep their distance from killer whales, but some sailors claim the animals are chasing boats passing through the area.
Busse, who said there were four killer whales, then used a small pole to hit the side of the boat to scare them away screaming ‘mama mia’ and ‘get out of the damn boat’.
Other crew members started throwing objects in the water to get them to leave – but when they shined a light in the water, they could see that they were still surrounded by the orcas.
At one point you can see a large killer whale swimming under the boat, making the crew cry out in fear.
Another video shows the orcas circling the boat and swimming next to the boat, breaking the surface.
At this point the captain started hitting the water with the pole in an attempt to scare away the predators.
The orcas can be seen circling the boat and swimming next to the boat, breaking the surface (right)
The predators had attacked the Serena IV sailboat, leaving it without a working rudder used to steer, off the coast of Cape Spartel, in the Strait of Gibraltar on Saturday evening
Sergio Rodman, the owner of the vessel, said: ‘We were from Italy and had stopped in Gibraltar to go to Lanzarote in Spain’s southwestern Canary Islands region’.
He was on duty while the three other crew members slept.
Busse, told Real Press in an exclusive interview that they heard a strange noise and ran to the top of the ship.
At first it was thought that the ship had hit a container, but they soon realized that orcas were playing around the ship and tried to hit it.
According to Busse, only four orcas approached the boat. They threw objects at the orcas in an attempt to leave them alone, but to no avail.
The orcas eventually managed to break the rudder after hitting it repeatedly.
As a desperate measure, one of the crew members lit a rocket to force them to leave and this strategy worked when the group of orcas eventually left them alone.
As a desperate measure, one of the crew members lit a rocket to force them to leave and this strategy worked when the group of orcas finally left them alone.
Busse said the situation was frightening, adding that in his entire life on the seven seas, “nothing like it had ever happened before, and I’ve been to Antarctica and I’ve never seen anything like it.”
Busse added that “orcas are very smart and we have been told they even steal the tuna from the fishing boats when they are hungry, but this situation of breaking a rudder is new.”
He also said that the orcas prefer to play with sailboats because the fishing boats have their rudders very close to the propellers, which is different with sailboats.
Despite a partially broken rudder, the ship was finally able to anchor in the port of Tarifa, in southern Spain, where another boat, flying the American flag and called Aniway, had been attacked by a group of orcas two days earlier, but they were in worse condition because they had a water leak on the boat.
Alfredo Lopez, a biologist and coordinator of the Study of Marine Mammals of Galicia, told Real Press, “They are not attacks, but interactions,” as they have no intention of doing any harm.
He added: “It’s not normal, but it has happened on various parts of the coast of Spain in the last year.”
He said, “They don’t want to do harm, they have a job, they look for boats and try to investigate and those interactions are happening, but they don’t intend to injure or attack people.”
According to the biologist, this group of orcas, which have not been identified due to a lack of images with their fins and flippers, may be young individuals because ‘the adults do not have time, because they have a specific role in the group and are paying attention. of the young, but the young are more lazy and reckless and have more contact with people. ‘
He also explained that the group of orcas are often seen in the Strait of Gibraltar in search of food, but are in the area as early as the first months of the year as May is the most common month to see them.
They usually travel in groups and are usually seen in the Strait and then they go up the Portuguese coast and Galicia (in northwestern Spain) until they arrive at the coast of the Basque Country.
The four people on board the sailboat that was attacked by the orcas have been working to build a new, handmade, temporary rudder – using metal – so that they can sail to Ceuta, a Spanish enclave in North Africa. properly repaired so they can continue their trip to Lanzarote.