24 September 2020 08:54
Experts are split on whether the orcas are trying to play Spain has suspended yachting off its north-east coast after a series of attacks by orcas ramming into sailing boats in the Atlantic. The week-long ban is in place as scientists try to fathom the killer whales' unusual behaviour. The transport ministry has banned vessels under 15 metres (49 feet) sailing in a 100 kilometre (62 miles) stretch of sea. It said the measure had been taken to "guarantee the safety of people and the orcas themselves". Vessels can leave port to go into the open sea between the capes of Prioriño Grande and La Punta de Estaca de Bares, but they must not sail near the coast.
The newly restricted area is rich in tuna, which the killer whales follow on their migration route.