Boaters in Massachusetts had an unforgettable encounter with a real whale tail. On July 24, a humpback breached and landed on the bow of a fishing boat near Plymouth.
Around 10 a.m., the whale broke the surface of the water a few hundred yards off Manomet Point. No one was hurt, and the massive marine animal slid off the boat and back into the water safely. The 19-foot boat was only slightly damaged.
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries, humpback whales can grow to be 60 feet long and weigh up to 40 tons (NOAA Fisheries). They can live for up to 90 years and eat mostly small crustaceans such as krill and small fish. They travel thousands of miles around the world to feed, find mates, and give birth to their calves.
Justin Enggasser, who was on a nearby boat with his son at the time, saw the whale land on the fishing boat’s bow. He described the experience as a “total shock.”
“Can’t believe it’s that close to a boat, that close to us, and especially when it landed on the boat,” he said. “It was just shocking.”
“It was insane, the guy was just in the wrong place at the wrong time, that’s all,” bystander Ryder Parkhurst told NBC10. “Pops up, bang … right on the bow of the guy’s boat.
“I just saw the boat go freaking flying, it was crazy,” he continued. “It was nuts. I couldn’t believe the thing was still floating.”