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: