It seems while carrying out whaling operations in the southern ocean. The crew on-board the Mv Nisshin Maru whaling vessel detected a gas leak and jumped overboard into the water before deploying the lifeboats.
A pod of killer whales probably maybe ones the ship were after, seized the chance and ate 16 crew members. Sympathies to the families and all that but it's more than likely the whales knew exactly what was happening with that vessel and that humans were on-board and seized their chance for retribution.
The trouble is that this vessel will now be turning whales that get away into man killers.
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