Never mind the great white shark sightings on Cape Cod. The big story this week is about the Plymouth whale breach.
WCVB-5 has the updated story, but I’ll catch you up if you missed the initial story earlier this week. Last Sunday, fishing boats off the coast of Plymouth, MA were treated to a bit of a show. A whale breached, as they tend to do, in full view of fishing boats and pleasure cruisers in Plymouth. And this wasn’t a whale watch situation. Which is cool, when you think about it. Free whale watch! And I didn’t even have to pay!
The problem is, when the whale breached, it changed direction in midair, and came crashing down on a fishing boat. The aforementioned local fishing boats and pleasure cruisers were able to capture some photos and videos of the breach. But earlier this morning, WCVB shared video of the incident from onboard the fishing boat that the whale landed on.
Plymouth whale breach: the video
What was the reaction from passengers on board the fishing vessel? Here’s a quote from WCVB’s story: “We’re all are lucky, very lucky,” one person on the boat wrote online. “No injuries, minor damage to the boat and we powered back to the marina on our own.” The story continues: “We all felt bad for the whale, wrong place at the wrong time for all of us,” the boater wrote. “We all got bumped around, but went on to live another day.”
Again, I keep coming back to this: free whale watch! All kidding aside, though, I don’t think I’d want to be on a whale watch where the whale landed on the boat. And could’ve landed on me. As the Plymouth Harbormaster recommends: keep a distance of at least 100 yards from whales when you’re off the coast of Plymouth. Or anywhere for that matter.