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Sailing: - Dramatic attack on the killer whale

Sailing: – Dramatic attack on the killer whale

– I suddenly woke up from some strong abnormal tremors in the boat and went up to see what was going on. Størkson wrote in an email to Dagbladet, the rudder was thrown from side to side at high speed, and the boat trembled frequently.

The plan for her and her father was to sail directly from Dublin, Ireland, to the Portuguese island of Madeira. Størkson meticulously explains the route they laid out to avoid Orca’s attacks.

It didn’t take many seconds for them to realize what was going on.

Størkson wrote: – There were at least five killer whales, including a mother and a calf, and they lasted for 15 minutes before they went their separate ways.

she was sailing magazine Who mentioned the dramatic attack first.

Experienced: Ester Kristine Størkson previously crossed the Atlantic. Photo: Nathan Molyneux
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She says they turned off the autopilot and sonar and lowered the sail on the boat. Everything makes the type of whale known as “killer whale” in English less interested in sailboats.

Størkson went into survival mode during the accident.

– I quickly went into lifesaving mode and looked for my passport and lifeboat. “Now I’m not thinking clearly, so you have to think for me,” I said to my father. My dad was as usual steady and calm and after about 5 minutes I was also able to discuss how to handle this situation. It was uncomfortable, but at the same time there wasn’t much we could do about it, she writes.

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According to the sailor, it is not unusual for this to happen along the coasts of Spain and Portugal, but it is unusual in the far north.

It is not certain whether it was an attack, play or training, so many in the English language chose to refer to it as “orca encounters” until we know more.

Størkson writes that she respects the formidable mammal, but finds it sad when it ends up like this.

It’s not something we can control, and these are powerful things. Orcas are beautiful animals, but it’s just too sad to end up like this, she writes.

After the accident, they raised the camera to take a picture of the sailboat’s rudder. It looked like this:

Shattered: Large parts of the sailboat rudder have been smashed by powerful killer whales.  Photo: private

Shattered: Large parts of the sailboat rudder have been smashed by powerful killer whales. Photo: private
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Large parts of the rudder were gone, but we were able to get to the port by our own, albeit wobbly, instruments. Størkson wrote: We are now waiting to reach shore until the hull can be fully inspected, then we need a new rudder before we can set sail.

Straight path: The killer whale heads straight to the sailboat.  Photo: private

Straight path: The killer whale heads straight to the sailboat. Photo: private
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For now, they are stranded on the French west coast, but when the boat is repaired, they will continue to reach the Canary Islands. She herself makes her way home to study, but with a longer goal in mind.

“The goal is to celebrate a Scandinavian Christmas at Bequia in the Caribbean at first, and hopefully more adventures after that,” she wrote.

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