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Mystery of killer whales ramming boats off coast of Spain in 'orchestrated' attacks

The Daily Star's FREE newsletter is spectacular! Sign up today for the best stories straight to your inboxBaffled scientists are trying to work out why killer whales seem to have declared war on Spanish fishing boats.Since July, experts have recorded over thirty attacks on small boats.

Most have taken place off Spain’s north-west coast, but six vessels were rammed by the mammals in the Straits of Gibraltar and five in Portuguese waters.The problem is becoming so severe that the Spanish authorities have advised small boats not to set sail along that stretch of coastline.At least 61% of the incidents seem to involve the same group of orcas – named Gladis Black, Gladis White, and Gladis Grey by researchers.

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