Orcas are seriously tired of us humans.
While the 2023 Ocean Race was happening Thursday, Team JAJO was sailing in the Strait of Gibraltar when they were greeted by visitors. But this wasn’t your typical meet-and-greet, this was an outright horrifying experience.
A couple of orcas — commonly known as killer whales — surrounded JAJO’s yacht, circling around the Dutch boat before ultimately slamming into it.
“This was a scary moment,” said Team JAJO skipper Jelmer van Beek, according to the Associated Press. “Three orcas came straight at us and started hitting the rudders. Impressive to see the orcas, beautiful animals, but also a dangerous moment for us as a team.”
Then, the orcas started biting the boat rudders, and in response, crew members were banging on the yacht’s hull in an attempt to scare the killer whales off.
“We took down the sails and slowed down the boat as quickly as possible, and luckily after a few attacks, they went away,” said van Beek.
When the incident took place, Team JAJO was in second place in the Ocean Race’s VO65 class. When things were said and done, they moved down to fourth, but they eventually shot up to second again