Forty Ton Whale Destroys Yacht

29Jul10

Ralph Mothes and his partner Paloma Werner were cruising off the coast of South Africa in their 33ft yacht when they spotted a Whale on the horizon. The couple thought little of it, they are seasoned yachtsmen and often see Whales on their travels. The Whale came closer to the boat and slapped it’s tail against the surface of the water. This is referred to as lob-tailing and while there is much debate about such behaviors this is often considered to be either an act of aggression or a method of non-verbal communication.

A whale's tail

After this display the Whale jumped out of the water and landed directly on top of the yacht breaking the mast in the process. The couple watched as the Whale thrashed about on the yacht:

“It really was quite incredible but very scary. The whale was about the same size as the boat. 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.”

The couple managed to reach the shore using an on board engine. It is not clear what provoked the Whale to attack the boat, attacks are very rare.

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4 Responses to “Forty Ton Whale Destroys Yacht”

  1. Well, I for one say nice goin’ to the whale.

  2. But then, I’m a misanthrope anyway.

  3. I bet the people on the yacht were wearing the brown underpants after that incident!

  4. I hadn’t heard about this. Wow! What a scary reminder of the awesome power of nature. We’re in their habitat, encroaching on their territory. They’re amazing creatures that deserve respect. It’s a shame that there are people out there who kill them. 😦
    Thanks so much for stopping by Thomas. It’s always nice to hear from you. Have a great day.

    Kristi, Live and Love…Out Loud
    @TweetingMama


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