“That Was Crazy” – NBC Boston


Talk about a truly wild tale. A humpback whale was caught on camera breaking through the water and landing on a boat off Plymouth, Massachusetts on Sunday.

Plymouth Harbor Master Chad Hunter told NBC10 Boston the close encounter happened around 10 a.m. off White Horse Beach. The 19ft vessel suffered minor damage to her bow but was still surprisingly seaworthy. The boat was able to return to the boat ramp under its own power, and the boat operator thankfully reported that there were no injuries.

“The boat was in the right place at the wrong time. It could have been a lot worse for everyone involved,” Hunter said. “Kids like to lean over the side of the boat to watch the fish, so it’s very lucky that no one was hurt here. An incident like this is quite rare but very dangerous for boaters.

An incredible image captured just before impact.

Those familiar with the area, some having fished there for decades, told NBC10 Boston they had never seen anything like it before.

“All of a sudden, the cylinder head full, ten feet out of the water, slams on his guy’s boat, like his bow is going down, basically, in the water, the engine stops, everything goes was coming off, the whale is rolling sideways just fine, but his boat was messed up,” said Ryder Parkhurst. “It was crazy, the guy was just in the wrong place at the wrong time, that’s all. Appears, bang…right on the bow of the guy’s boat.”

“I just saw the boat fly, it was crazy,” added Parkhurst. “It was crazy. I couldn’t believe the thing was still floating.”

Harbor master crews had actually been watching the area since 5am trying to keep everyone safe after a boat was hit by a whale on Friday.

The harbor master noted that there were many boats in the area on Sunday for recreational fishing due to the abundance of baitfish, adding that this is also what attracts whales to the area for food. .

“They’ve been there for three days non-stop, so there’s a lot of whales, but they’re also getting a lot of boaters, which obviously creates a problem after today,” said longtime boater Chris Grant. “They are beautiful creatures but you know, you have to keep their distance, they are still animals you know?”

Crowds gathered at the point on Sunday evening, hoping to catch a glimpse.

“I love whales,” said 9-year-old Daniel Morse. “The three things I love are music, video games and whales.”

A paddleboarder has recorded video of a boat rocked by a whale off the coast of Massachusetts.

The harbor master is using the incident as a reminder, telling boaters to stay at least 100 yards from the whales whenever possible.

The environmental police have been contacted and will investigate, in particular to determine if there has been a violation of the Marine Mammal Protection Act. The harbor master said no such violation had been found at the time of the incident.


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