Whale Fights Back



Actual incident (Photo: Universal News & Support)

The Guardian is reporting that a Southern Right Whale may have finally had enough and retaliated against a sailboat that was harassing it:

A couple whose yacht was heavily damaged when a 40-tonne whale jumped onto it face questioning as part of an investigation into whether the creature was being harassed.

Pictures of Sunday’s incident appear to show the southern right whale leaping out of the water to crash into the 10m yacht, off the South African coast near Cape Town.

“It really was quite incredible but very scary,” said Palomo Werner who was out sailing with her partner Ralph Mothes.

Later pictures appeared to show a wrecked mast and other damage left by the whale.

“There were bits of skin and blubber left behind, and the mast was wrecked. It bought down the rigging too,” said Werner.

If the couple were harassing the whale, as witnesses are reporting, then maybe this will be a lesson learned for them.  Too bad this tactic by the whale will not work on the steel hulled Japanese whaling fleet.

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3 Responses to Whale Fights Back

  1. Stanley says:

    I just hope everyone who sails understands that this occurrence was a complete fluke…

  2. lynette says:

    I hope the whale wasn’t seriously hurt.

  3. Stanley says:

    @lynette: I understand that, after a few minutes of subdued blubbering the whale swam on, vowing to “watch” where he/she’s breaching in the future… ;-D>

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