Whale Wars? The next thing she heard was him screaming “Oh, sh**!”

Here is a crazy story I wanted to share about a couple that was taking a causal sail off the coast of Cape Town, South Africa.  They were minding their own business watching this juvenile Right Whale do some tale slapping about 300 feet away. Sounds like an amazing experience right?

Amazing soon turned into terror when the whale decided to breach on top of the boat.

“Then I just saw this huge whale crash onto our yacht,” she said.
Mothes took cover behind the steering wheel, and Werner was safe underneath the coach house. Tourists sailing nearby snapped photos of the ordeal.

Shocked, but not injured, the couple began looking around for damage as the whale splashed away. Luckily, the yacht was steel, so it was strong enough to withstand the whale’s impact. Only the mast and rigging were damaged.

You can read the whole story here on ABC News.

The above photo was taken by a tourist watching the whale. Great shot!

Here are a few more photos of the wrecked boat.

Whale landing on boat

Whale watching



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  1. Shea July 22, 2010 at 9:58 am

    Pretty amazing story/photos Ryan!! What an experience!!

  2. the Caribbean Amphibian July 22, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    That’s just crazy! They were looking for a close up whale encounter, it provided!

    Nice post, Ryan.

    Ben (@carib_amphib)

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    RumShopRyan July 22, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    Thanks for the comments guys. Yeah I know right! I love whales and have yet to see one in the wild, but I this experience would pretty much scare the hell out of me. I guess the world has crazy whales just like it has crazy people.


  4. San Francisco Sailing School January 1, 2011 at 10:51 am

    Incredible images/footage!

    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. 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.

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