Free Willy has targeted humans on the high seas yet again.
This time, a pod of killer whales nearly lived as much as their name after brutally sinking a Polish yacht off the coast of Morocco, in accordance with a Facebook post by the tour company Morskie Mile.
The incident occurred on Oct. 31 after a gaggle of orcas attacked the yacht, named the Grazie Mamma II, while it passed through the Strait of Gibraltar, Insider reported.
The marine mammals — which might grow over 30 feet long and weigh upwards of 30,000 kilos — had reportedly “hit the steering fin for 45 minutes, causing major damage and leakage.”
Despite attempts to save lots of the vessel, it “sunk near the doorway to the port of Tanger-Med,” per the post.
Thankfully, the crew wasn’t harmed within the attack and is currently having fun with a sojourn in Spain.
The incident marks the most recent in an ongoing trend of Shamus scuttling ships off the coast of Morocco and Spain.
While attacks on boats have been documented since 2020, the incidents have increased in each frequency and ferocity with the whales sending several boats to Davy Jones’ locker of late.
It’s unclear why the species — which feeds on fish, seals and other whales — has been targeting humans.
Nonetheless, scientists speculate that these might be copycat revenge attacks sparked by an incident where an orca matriarch was rammed by the boat — which is eerily just like the plot of the critically panned 1977 “Jaws” rip-off, “Orca.”
Most frightening is that this behavior appears to be passed on generationally, perhaps indicating that, like humans, the species possesses a propensity for vengeance.
Although some scientists postulate that the orcas’ behavior is more playful, akin to when killer whales within the Pacific Northwest were observed wearing salmon on their heads like fish fedoras.