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Old 21-07-2010, 14:35   #31
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I wonder if the material of the boat had anything to do with the resulting (relative lack of?) damage; does anyone think a 40 ton whale hitting anything other than steel (everything else about the event being the same, the approach, the angle, the landing, etc) would produce worse results? just curious.
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I cannot believe the photo is real.
Sure they were probably damaged by the whale, but the photo is photoshoped in my opinion.
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Even the presenters say it's "unbelievable” - so why should we believe it?
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This story played on my local TV news last night - they showed the pictures, too!
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Whale

Widely reported in the press here.

Whale watching boat behind the yacht saw that the yacht was harassing the whales, mother and calf. Got between them and mother took appropriate action.

As for the comment, "tourist boat being the boat problem" I can assure you that they would not even think about it. The regulations for distances off are strictly adhered to by the tourist vessels and the penalties are punishing. The tourist boats often have a spotter plane up to find where the whales are and once spotted the all the boats close in. If one boat tries to get within the prescribed regulatory distance then I'm certain the others would be as quick as lightning to "dob" them in, one less to compete with for quite some time if not forever.

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I can't seem to find anything online, but I am sure they showed a video of the incident on TV last night or this morning. It was very shaky but did catch the whale jumping and landing I think.

Anyway, searching I found this story - 1:22 into the story is pretty funny. They show a few videos of other boat crashes.. the goose is pretty crazy!
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Widely reported in the press here.

Whale watching boat behind the yacht saw that the yacht was harassing the whales, mother and calf. Got between them and mother took appropriate action.

As for the comment, "tourist boat being the boat problem" I can assure you that they would not even think about it. The regulations for distances off are strictly adhered to by the tourist vessels and the penalties are punishing. The tourist boats often have a spotter plane up to find where the whales are and once spotted the all the boats close in. If one boat tries to get within the prescribed regulatory distance then I'm certain the others would be as quick as lightning to "dob" them in, one less to compete with for quite some time if not forever.

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Spotter planes for whale watching boats? Good grief. Poor animals.
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