Scientists Discover Why Killer Whales Are Attacking Boats

By Olivia Smith | May 31, 2024

Spanish and Portuguese governments

Iberian killer whales have been intentionally colliding with luxury boats since May 2020, causing them to sink off the coasts of Portugal, Spain, and Gibraltar. 

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An increase in interactions, totaling around 673 incidents, led the Spanish and Portuguese governments to commission a report. 

Debunked notions

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The findings debunked notions of aggression, attributing the behavior to playful or social activities because of prey availability, reduced foraging time, and fewer conflicts with fisheries.