A whale jumps on a boat!!
sidonie | July 22, 2010 at 07:23 amby
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The images show the animal, a southern right whale (Eubalaena australis), before leaving the water to descend on the couple's sailboat, off the coast of South Africa. "It was really incredible and very frightening," recounts Palomo Werner.
The whale had been slightly injured in the accident, which has also saved the Intrepid, the boat with the couple, in this case, a name altogether about: "It [the whale] left pieces of skin and bits of fat behind her, and the mast was broken. The rig was also damaged, "said Ms. Werner.
Officers from the Marine Protection told the South Africa edition of the Independent Online that an investigation had been opened after multiple reports, reports of harassment of whales in the region.
Alan Boyd, the South African Department of Environmental Protection Marine, said: "We know that someone deliberately sailed alongside the whale, and harassed. This is a good enough reason to investigate ". According to the laws to protect whales in force in South Africa, the sailors must stay within 300 meters distance from the animals and remove them if they are approaching. However, witnesses reported observing a Zodiac boat and harass the animal just before the incident.
So spectacular it is, this accident will fortunately had only minimal impact, since no victim is to be deplored.
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