This terrifying footage shows how killer whales rammed a sailboat and broke its rudder, leaving its crew stranded at sea.
The boat was sailing off the coast of Fisterra, Galicia region, north-western Spain when three menacing-looking killer whales began to surround it.
Frightening footage filmed from the stern shows how the boat – which was en route from Vigo to Sada – was repeatedly rammed by the cetaceans.
The killer whales slammed into the vessel with such fury that they broke its rudder, leaving its crew stranded at sea.
In the end, they reached dry land after their sailboat was towed to Muros.
Local media reported that several pods of killer whales – also known as orcas – have been regularly spotted along the Spanish coast since 2020.
So far this year, there have been 150 recorded encounters between sailors and the cetaceans around the coast of Spain.
They are believed to attack vessels travelling at speed, so authorities advise sailors who sight the species to come to a stop and radio for help.
A shocking 20 per cent of encounters with killer whales cause serious damage to vessels, resulting in them having to be towed back to the coast.
The killer whale (Orcinus orca) is the largest member of the oceanic dolphin family and is found in all the world’s oceans.