Friday 21 July 2017

Whale damages boat off South Africa

A whale has damaged a boat off the coast of South Africa
A whale has damaged a boat off the coast of South Africa

A woman says her trip off the picturesque south-west coast of South Africa was wrecked by an unexpected attack from a whale.

Paloma Werner said the whale breached the surface just feet from their boat in Cape Town's waters on Sunday. It whacked the yacht, snapping the mast in two.

A local newspaper showed a photo, captured by a passenger on a nearby boat, of a massive black whale towering over the yacht.

Werner says neither she nor her companion were hurt, and she saw the whale swimming around minutes after the collision. She says she feels lucky that the mast took the brunt of the blow.

The seas around Cape Town are teeming with whales and great white sharks during the winter months.

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