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Whale Crashes into Sailboat

By: CNN
By: CNN

When you're out on a boat you expect to see birds or maybe even a fish land on the deck, but what about a whale?

Here’s an interesting "tail" and the pictures to prove it.

Imagine you're out with your boyfriend for a sail when a whale about the size of your boat springs out of the ocean.

"This massive creature just going up next to the boat and smashing into the mast and in slow motion the whole mast coming towards us," said Paloma Werner.

Sailing school partners Paloma Werner and Ralph Mothes both lived to joke about the encounter just outside Capetown Bay in South Africa.

"What we said is we had a whale of a time,” said Werner.

Even if it'll cost at least $5,000 to fix their 32-foot boat.

The whale seemed fine afterwards, though he left some blubber on deck.

All Paloma and Ralph need is a repaired mast. The photo of the encounter was shot by a tourist in a nearby boat. They'd all been watching the whale repeatedly surfacing when suddenly he crashed the yacht.

Jeanne Moos reports, "Now it's one thing if a flying carp flies onto your boat, or flies directly into you. We've even seen killer whales force a penguin to jump on a boat to escape, but when it comes to the most persistent boat crasher, take a gander at this goose."

At least the whale didn't chase the sailboat. Actually, environmental officials are checking reports that perhaps the sailboat was harassing the whale by being too close. Paloma says that just isn't so. They were sailing without a motor. The whale didn't hear them and simply surfaced. If he'd landed on the deck rather than smacking the mast Paloma says, "We would have been as flat as a pancake."

Estimated weight of a right whale is 40 tons.


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