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Whale breaches, strikes fishing boat in waters off Plymouth, Massachusetts

Whale breaching, striking fishing boat in waters off Plymouth, Massachusetts


Video above: Drone captures video of humpback whale off Plymouth A whale struck a fishing boat off the coast of Plymouth, Massachusetts on Sunday in an area where whales had been spotted several times in the past week. An onlooker captured photos of the whale as it was breached with several fishing boats nearby. The whale appears to strike one of the boats, causing the bow to sink into the water. Two people on board the boat were restrained as the boat pitched back and forth. The whales that feed and breach in the area have led residents and tourists to the area in the hope of catching a glimpse of the marine animals. Most of the whales seen were baleen whales, which can be up to 55 feet tall and weigh 40 tons, according to Whale & Dolphin Conservation, a nonprofit group dedicated to whale conservation. Photos from other sightings show the whales “lunge feeding,” the team said, when pod whales take bait fish and dive in to swallow a mouthful of fish and water. “We love the excitement the locals show for these whales off the coast us and we want people to enjoy them while they are here, but it is important that they do so safely. The whales move sporadically while trying to catch fish, so boat operators in the area should be proactive and make sure they are at least five boats,” said Monica Pepe, WDC’s Safe Boating Policy Manager.

Video above: Drone captures video of humpback whale off Plymouth

A whale struck a fishing boat off Plymouth, Massachusetts, on Sunday in an area where whales have been spotted several times in the past week.

An onlooker captured photos of the whale as it breached with several fishing boats nearby. The whale is seen striking one of the boats, causing the bow to sink into the water.

Two people on board became anchored as the boat pitched fore and aft.

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A whale strikes a fishing boat in Plymouth, Massachusetts on Sunday. July 24, 2022.

The whales that feed and breach in the area have brought residents and tourists to the area in hopes of getting a glimpse of the marine animals.

Most of the whales seen were humpback whales, which can be up to 55 feet tall and weigh 40 tons, according to Whale & Dolphin Conservation, a nonprofit group dedicated to whale conservation.

Photographs of other sightings show the whales “lunch-feeding”, the team said, when the pod whales bait fish and jump in to swallow a morsel of fish and water.

“We love the enthusiasm that local people show for these whales off our coast and we want people to enjoy them while they’re here, but it’s important that they do so safely. The whales move sporadically while trying to catch fish, so boat operators in the area should be proactive and make sure they are at least five boats away,” said Monica Pepe, WDC’s Safe Boating Policy Manager.

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