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Forty-ton whale lands on yacht during Cape Town sailing trip
A couple who took a yacht for a quiet sailing trip were stunned when a 40-ton whale crash-landed on their boat off Cape Town.



The 40-ton whale crash-landed on their boat


The dismasted yacht struggled back to port under engine power


The cockpit of the yacht after the breaching whale hit the yacht

The pair were enjoying calm seas off the South African coast when the animal flipped into the air and smashed into their mast.

Ralph Mothes, 59, and Paloma Werner, 50, were helpless as the beast thrashed around on their 33ft vessel before slipping back into the water.
 
Miss Werner said: "It really was quite incredible but very scary. The whale was about the same size as the boat.

"We'd spotted it about 100 metres away and thought that was the end of it. Then suddenly it was right up beside us.

"I assumed it would go underneath the boat but instead it sprang out of the sea. We were very lucky to get through it, as the sheer weight of the thing was huge.

"There were bits of skin and blubber left behind, and the mast was wrecked. It brought down the rigging too.

"Thank goodness the hull was made of steel and not fibreglass or we could have been ruined."

Moments before the animal leapt it had pounded its tail on the surface of the water in a 'lob-tailing' ritual to communicate with other whales.

The shaken couple, who are experienced seafarers with the Cape Town Sailing Academy, used their engine to get back to shore in Table Bay.

Whales are a common sight in the Atlantic Ocean off the Western Cape coast at this time of year as they come near the shore to breed.

Thousands of tourists flock to the region's seaside resorts every year to spot the mammals during the South African winter from June to November.

Hermanus, a popular destination around 80 miles east of Cape Town, employs a 'whale crier' to walk through the town announcing where whales have been seen.

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    Re: Don't you just hate it when a 40-ton whale wants to come aboard?!
    « Reply #1 on: July 21, 2010, 06:34:50 am »
    Wow, scary. Wonder who caught the first photo? Must have been another boat right behind them. At least if the couple had ended up in the water, the other boat could have rescued them.


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    Re: Don't you just hate it when a 40-ton whale wants to come aboard?!
    « Reply #2 on: July 21, 2010, 06:36:51 am »
    I hope the poor whale is OK? (They were, after all in his/her domain, not vice versa.)

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    Re: Don't you just hate it when a 40-ton whale wants to come aboard?!
    « Reply #3 on: July 21, 2010, 06:39:32 am »
    I hope the poor whale is OK? (They were, after all in his/her domain, not vice versa.)

    That's what I was thinking.  "Bits of skin and blubber left behind" does not sound like a pleasant experience for the poor whale.   :(
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    Re: Don't you just hate it when a 40-ton whale wants to come aboard?!
    « Reply #4 on: July 21, 2010, 04:04:13 pm »
    Good thing no one was sunbathing on deck at the time!  :o

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    Re: Don't you just hate it when a 40-ton whale wants to come aboard?!
    « Reply #5 on: July 21, 2010, 09:25:11 pm »
    wow

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    Re: Don't you just hate it when a 40-ton whale wants to come aboard?!
    « Reply #6 on: July 21, 2010, 10:05:23 pm »
    Holy carp! Or should that be cetaceans... or cachalot...

    I'm glad they lived to tell the tale, and hope the whale is OK too.

    I have to send this to my sister. She's had close encounters with whales in her sailboat off the coasts of alaska and canada, but thankfully not THAT close.
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    Re: Don't you just hate it when a 40-ton whale wants to come aboard?!
    « Reply #7 on: July 22, 2010, 08:48:18 am »
    Isn't it obvious? The whale wanted to say hello  :D

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    Re: Don't you just hate it when a 40-ton whale wants to come aboard?!
    « Reply #8 on: July 22, 2010, 05:26:23 pm »
    My 13 foot Boston "Whaler" would have been SPLINTERS!!  This was the talk of the day at work today.
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    Re: Don't you just hate it when a 40-ton whale wants to come aboard?!
    « Reply #9 on: July 22, 2010, 09:19:50 pm »
    Amazing; do hope everyone, including the whale, will be OK
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    Re: Don't you just hate it when a 40-ton whale wants to come aboard?!
    « Reply #10 on: July 23, 2010, 11:02:21 am »
    Very very scary...

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