A SAILOR was terrified after his small boat was surrounded and badly damaged by a group of killer whales following a brutal attack.
Luis Eduardo Alves Lima was sailing towards Ibiza when he saw the pod floating near him and said he thought it was beautiful at first.
But the beautiful moment took a bad turn when the animals began to ram his boat.
Lima told 9News: “I didn’t realize I was being attacked until a few minutes later I saw an orca breaking the rudder and I realized it was more serious and they weren’t as friendly as dolphins.”
Although Lima’s sailboat was a strong vessel, the whales were able to break the rudder and almost overturn his boat.
The sailor said the attack was “intelligent” as the whales left after 20 minutes – only to return later to finish the job.
Lima quickly sailed ashore to repair his boat and was lucky to escape.
He said, “In one of my videos, you can see the matriarch, with the calf at her side, access the oar, then fall back and then the little calf gets in to try.”
“It was definitely a form of education, of teaching.”
In May, a pod of killer whales tried to sink a boat full of British tourists for over an hour.
Cambridge’s Janet Morris and Stephen Bidwell were enjoying a sailing course off the coast of Morocco when they spotted the group of orcas.
Some of the deadly mammals then began nudging the boat in an attack that reportedly lasted for an hour.
But despite being exposed to strong winds and heavy waves, the crew managed to get the boat to safety.
Management consultant Janet, 58, said: “I couldn’t believe it when I saw her – that’s extremely rare. We sat where we were.”
“We were amazingly calm, but basically we were like, ‘Oh my God’.”
“Because everyone was quiet it felt okay, but we were petrified, only afterwards did we talk about how scared we were.”
Janet revealed they had collected all their valuables and passports before discussing preparing their life raft.