Whale pod swarms solo rower in Atlantic off Newfoundland coast | EUROtoday

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A British rower making a solo journey throughout the Atlantic Ocean out of the blue discovered himself with loads of firm when an enormous pod of whales surrounded his boat, in a shocking scene captured on video.

Tom Waddington, a U.Ok.-based ski coach documenting his 2,000-nautical-mile journey to boost cash for the psychological well being charity Mind, posted the encounter to his Instagram account.

“What a special treat,” he stated, watching the whales blowing bubbles and rocking the boat as they performed round him, some 100 nautical miles off the coast of Newfoundland on Sunday.

Waddington stated he believed the pod comprised greater than 1,000 long-finned pilot whales.

“I love it,” he added, “but I’m scared they’re gonna hit the rudder.”

Soon after, one of many excitable whales slammed into the aspect of his boat, leaving him shaken.

In current years, there have been a whole bunch of harmful boat-ramming incidents by orca whales, which have been subsequently solid as deep-sea villains plotting to take again the ocean, The Post beforehand reported.

In 2023, Marine biologist Mónica González defined the newest theories of why orca whales have been attacking vessels off the coast of the Iberian peninsula. (Video: John Farrell/The Washington Post)

But whereas consultants should not positive what’s driving the orca incidents, a number one idea is that the killer whales inflicting havoc largely off Europe’s Iberian Peninsula are simply playful, bored youngsters. Another idea: The orcas need vengeance for the specter of entanglement with fishing traces.

Thankfully for Waddington, the pilot whales left his rudders intact. After attempting to row away from the pod for 2 hours, they ultimately left him alone — protected and dry(ish).

“I can’t believe it. It’s an amazing sight but also so scary,” he stated.


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