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A couple out on a quiet boating trip off the coast of South Africa got the shock of their lives when they were suddenly joined on deck by a 40-ton southern right whale.

Yacht skipper Ralph Mothes, 59, is seen in this amazing photograph dwarfed by the whale as it breaches right next to his yacht Intrepid.

A split-second after the picture was taken the 30ft-long whale slammed into the deck, snapping the steel mast like a twig and crushing the coach roof and side rigging.

Southern rights, an endangered species, can grow up to 50ft long and weigh 60 tons, so this one was probably a youngster.

A tourist from Botswana who was aboard a nearby sightseeing boat captured the before and after shot.

Recalling their close call with the forces of nature, Miss Werner said: 'It really was quite incredible but very scary. The whale was about the same size as the boat.

'We'd spotted it about 100 metres away and thought that was the end of it. Then suddenly it was right up beside us.

'I assumed it would go underneath the boat but instead it sprang out of the sea. We were very lucky to get through it, as the sheer weight of the thing was huge.

'There were bits of skin and blubber left behind, and the mast was wrecked. It brought down the rigging too.

'Thank goodness the hull was made of steel and not fibreglass or we could have been ruined.'

The shaken couple, who are experienced seafarers with the Cape Town Sailing Academy, used their engine to get back to shore in Table Bay.

There were reports that the whale had been harassed by pleasure craft before it leapt onto the Intrepid. An inflatable craft had been seen driving close to the animal moments before the incident.

But experts say the young whale was more likely inexperienced with human contact and didn't know the yacht, which had its engine turned off, was there.

Meredith Thornton, scientist and manager of the Cape Town Mammal Research Institute at the University of Pretoria, said: 'Whales don't see much by way of their eyes but by sound in the water.'

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Yea, I just saw that and forwarded it to my sailing buddy. Couple more pics of the damage.



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Yeah, I hadn't seen it anywhere. I was looking for new gifs and there it was, but I guess it might be on YouTube.

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I bet thats the last time anyone invites Kirstie Alley to come aboard.

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so, will they hunt it down and kill it?

of course not, but it pisses me off that they do so everytime a bear attacks someone out in the wild!

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