by Michael dEstries
Categories: Animals.
Photo: capetownsailing.co.za

While enjoying a luxurious cruise off Cape Town, South Africa, a couple suddenly experienced what few have: the decision by a massive right whale to join them. Literally.

“While taking some pictures we decided to had back when a southern right whale, between 11 and 14 m long, breach about 100 meters away from us and then suddenly breach about 10 meters from us and then on us,” the couple wrote on a Facebook page. “We where sailing had no engine of so we could not even take any action. Scary!”

The couple, Ralph Mothes and Paloma Werner, said that their 32-foot vessel managed to get through the crazy encounter fairly well; suffering no structural damage.

The whale apparently swam off — eager to report to his masters that the time to uprise and strike against the humans is nigh.

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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  • http://6000.co.za/ 6000

    This sort of thing is always happening in Cape Town. Did you see the lion on the police car pics from last week?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=603685657 David

    Black Whale Attacks White People on Yacht; Tea Party Calls on NAACP to Repudiate Racist Act

    FUNNY picture and short article, check it out.

    http://www.dailygoat.com/?p=1955

  • Kimitake Hiraoka

    A timely reminder of the dangerous and hostile nature of these oceanic beasts.

    • Ellen

      Don’t be ridiculous.

  • http://www.sailing-jworld.com San Francisco Sailing School

    Absolutely incredible images of this event!

    Not sure if this was an accident, but whales have been known to occasionally become aggressive towards boats… in fact, we had a 12 meter boat sunk by whales off the coast of Mexico in October of 2009. Whether it was an accidental collision or an act of aggression we will never know. An emergency beacon (EPIRB) and liferaft were instrumental in the safe rescue of the crew. I would never recommend venturing offshore without these two items! And a hearty thank you to all the Coast Guard members who come to the aid of sailors in distress!

    A boat was recently sunk by whales in Australia, and back a couple of years ago another off Hawaii (when it accidentally got between a mother and her calf). Whale incidents (whether boats colliding with whales or the inverse) seem to be on the increase, so we all need to maintain an increased lookout for our friends aquatic!

    By the way, there is a great firsthand account of our incident written by the skipper on our blog… very compelling read with great lessons learned.