Whale Jumps, Lands On Sailboat

Whale jumps, lands on sailboat.

22nd July 2010.
By Jeff Hemmel

No, this isn’t my normal beat, but how can you pass up a story about a whale leaping from the water…and landing squarely atop a sailboat that was, ironically, on a whale-watching trip?

A South African couple on their 33-foot sailboat got the suprise of their life when the 10-meter Southern Right whale shot from the water and smashed down atop their boat, breaking the mast before finally sliding back into the water. A whale-watcher nearby managed to capture the episode on film.

Yes, this is kind of like the shark leaping at the helicopter, or any other number of fake pics that have become popular on the Internet. This one, however, is real. The couple amazingly escaped injury, and were able to make it back to shore under power.

YouTube videos have been taken down for copyright reasons, but you can still find the sequence here: au.news.yahoo.com/video/national/watch/20995463/

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Jeff Hemmel

Jeff Hemmel writes for boats.com, Boating, PersonalWatercraft.com, and Powersports Business. The former Senior Editor at Watercraft World, Jeff is a multi-time award winner as well as a 2008 inductee into the IJSBA Hall of Fame. His first book, "The Anti-Pirate Potato Cannon...and 101 Other Things For Young Mariners To Try, Do, & Build On the Water," received a bronze medal in the 2010 Moonbeam Children's Book Awards. For more info, visit Jeff Hemmel's website.

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