Breaching whale lands on fishing boat off coast of Massachusetts in stunning moment caught on camera – CBS News
A humpback whale breached and landed on a boat off of Manomet Point in Plymouth, Massachusetts, on Saturday morning. The boat did not capsize and no injuries were reported.
The whale jumped out of the water and wrecked a fishing boat. The whale was fine, but the man’s boat was heavily damaged from the incident.
The whales weren’t intentionally chasing the boaters, but were simply focusing on food. The Massachusetts Environmental Police are investigating, and the town of Plymouth said the interaction was a reminder that these interactions can be dangerous for both boaters and whales.
Harbormaster: No one injured.
— Eli Rosenberg NBC10 Boston (@EliNBCBoston) July 24, 2022
The whales are appearing for a stable source of food. The fish that attracts them is called “menhaden”. The whales are being monitored by boaters, and the executive director of whale and dolphin conservation says the whales are coming into the bay to feed.
The harbormaster had crews monitoring the area since 5 a.m. on Sunday, and reminded boaters to stay at least 100 yards away from whales whenever possible. These humpback whales are powerful creatures that need to be protected and preserved.
Environmental police were contacted and will investigate if there was a violation of the Marine Mammal Protection Act.
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