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Whale Breaches ON TO Yacht in Cape Town

UPDATE FROM EDITOR:

NOTE: We have now also uploaded the video clip of the incident described below - you can check it out here

 


 

Ralph Mothes and Paloma Werner of the Cape Town Sailing Academy had a very close call when a whale breached right on to their yacht recently.

 
Paloma says:
 
“We had been taking some pictures and had just decided to head back when a Southern Right whale, between 11 - 14 m long, breached about 100 meters away from us. It then suddenly breached about 10 meters from us and then – right on us! We were sailing so had no engine and we could not even take any action. Scary!”
 
 
 
The whale as it breaches. Ralph can be seen at the helm. Photographer James K Dagmore
 
 
 
IMAGES BY JAMES K. DAGMORE (from Botswana) - PLEASE CREDIT HIM IF YOU HAVE USED THESE IMAGES 
 
 
The images tell the story of the damage caused. The whale appeared to be unharmed and nobody on board was hurt, but the damage to the vessel was severe.
 
 
 
 
Devastation. Thankfully no-one was hurt.  Photographer James K Dagmore
 
 
 
IMAGES BY JAMES K. DAGMORE (from Botswana) - PLEASE CREDIT HIM IF YOU HAVE USED THESE IMAGES
 
 
For this reason the Cape Town Sailing Academy will not be in operation for around 6 weeks. However, if you are interested in learning how to sail, do contact them for future sailing courses in Cape Town, from Beginner to Advanced.
 
 
 
You can also find them on Facebook - join the group for updates on upcoming courses.
 

 


UPDATE FROM EDITOR:

 

NOTE: We have now also uploaded the video clip of the incident described below - you can check it out here