Permission to Come Aboard?

This is too bizarre not to share. A southern right whale breached right next to a pleasure yacht off the coast of South Africa and then slammed onto the deck of the boat, snapping the mast in twain and destroying various other portions of the boat that I imagine are crucial to the whole sailing bit (I don’t know boats). The couple on board the boat were unharmed and were able to use the engine to putter back to shore. They seem to count themselves lucky that the hull of the boat was steel instead of fiberglass, since a less sturdy boat could have been sunk by the unexpected visitor quite easily. The couple speculates that the whale, which was probably a youngster based on its size, escaped serious injury and is probably just “very badly bruised.” See the full story, with incredible photos, at The Daily Mail.

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