WATCH: Killer whales ‘attack’ boat off the coast of Galicia

FOOTAGE of a pod of whales ‘attacking’ and damaging a Navy sailboat off the coast of Galicia has gone viral.

ONE of the crew can be heard shouting “he broke the rudder” as the whales appear to slam the Mirfak Navy boat in the Rias Baixas as it was heading to Baiona on Sunday, August 30.

The tense moment was captured by crew after the cetaceans hit the sailboat while doing numerous maneuvers to evade them.

“I have it here! It’s underneath,” shouts one of them, adding: “They broke the rudder.”

Twenty-four hours later, Spain’s sea rescue service, Salvamento Marítimo, reported the sighting of killer whales off the coast of Galicia.

Through a radio notice they warned of their presence in the waters of the Rías Baixas.

“Radio warning in Rías Bajas for orca sightings in the area. Boats are requested not to try to approach, give ample shelter and inform. A French sailboat and another one of the Navy have already been attacked without major damage,” read a Salvamento Marítimo tweet.

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Tara Rippin

Tara Rippin is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News, and is responsible for the Costa Blanca region.
She has been in journalism for more than 20 years, having worked for local newspapers in the Midlands, UK, before relocating to Spain in 1990.
Since arriving, the mother-of-one has made her home on the Costa Blanca, while spending 18 months at the EWN head office in Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol.
She loves being part of a community that has a wonderful expat and Spanish mix, and strives to bring the latest and most relevant news to EWN’s loyal and valued readers.

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