From the Seattle Times: Fake orca nearly drowns before it can scare Oregon sea lions .
An effort to use a fake, life-sized orca to scare off hundreds of sea lions crowding docks off the Oregon coast ended, at least temporarily, with the fiberglass creature belly-up after it was swamped by a passing ship.
Still, Port of Astoria Executive Director Jim Knight said the sea lions briefly “got deathly silent” when the orca sailed into view. That was just before it started listing and tipped over Thursday night. [continue]
Marine animals: 1. Humans: 0.
But hmm. Oregon, unwanted marine animals…. does that ring any bells? Reminds me of the exploding whale story. The humans lost that round, too.
I was amazed that the fake Orca was piloted by someone. I’m glad they were able to rescue the operator even if the Orca itself needs repairs. Let’s hope their upcoming attempt is more successful.