Creation’s Revenge? (Orca Attacks on Boats)

Too close for comfort!

Is a mature female orca teaching young killer whales to attack yachts and fishing boats? A lot of people think so (

In the waters off the Strait of Gibraltar, orcas have attacked three boats this year, sinking two and badly damaging another. People are getting scared. Since 2022 there have been 29 attacks reported.

The first reports were in 2020; before that, none. (See

Researchers have named the whales’ ringleader “Gladis” and speculated she’s acting out after suffering some kind of traumatic encounter with a boat.

Question: Do the whales see some critical difference between the boats and the people in them? No one has been eaten yet, or had a limb bitten off.

Orcas have been observed to break up ice floes to dump seals into the water so they can be eaten. No humans have been eaten, although the photographer on R.F. Scott’s expedition had a narrow escape; but he didn’t know whether the whales were more interested in him or in some penguins that were in the water. His main interest was in getting away.

Are these whales capable of learning from the experiences of others, and of forming long-range, purposeful plans?

We still have a lot to learn.

The Navy vs… Bedbugs!

Where Do Bed Bugs Come From? Identify Bed Bugs & Bites

Some of us are worried about Red China’s brand-new navy muscling up to chase our navy out of the Pacific Ocean. But the crew of the USS Connecticut, a nuclear submarine, have a more immediate problem.

They’re fighting off an infestation of bedbugs; and so far, it looks like the bedbugs are winning (

It’s not funny. The sailors aboard the boat insist the bugs are still there, despite various measures taken to get rid of them. Because of the bedbugs, the crew is sleep-deprived. This could lead to a disaster: we don’t want the sub crashing into an underwater mountain because the guys steering her can’t keep awake.

It’s almost funny, though. A nuclear submarine! How much does one of those cost? How much havoc could it wreak with its nuclear arsenal? And a bunch of tiny, nasty, dirty little bugs has it just about pinned to the canvas.

NEXT: Infestation of Democrats grounds Navy’s newest aircraft carrier.