PLYmouth – A whale collided with a fishing boat off the coast of Plymouth on Sunday in an area where whales have been seen several times in the past week.
A spectator took pictures of the whale swooping into several nearby fishing boats. The whale appears to hit one of the boats, causing the bow to dip into the water.
Two people on the boat got ready as the boat leaned forward and backward.
The feeding and feeding of whales in the area has drawn residents and tourists to the area hoping to catch a glimpse of the marine fauna.
Most of the whales spotted were humpback whales, which can reach 55 feet in height and weigh 40 tons, according to the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Organization, a nonprofit group devoted to whale conservation.
The group said images from other scenes show that whales are “rush-feeding”, when whales feast on fish bait and rush through to swallow a morsel of fish and water.
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Wildlife photographer Susan O’Shea said she’s heard about recent whale sightings. She said she grabbed her camera and headed to the coast on Tuesday evening and again at dawn on Wednesday morning.
She was there when a whale gave a show to a group of people on a small boat.
“When it gets hacked, just click and hope you get that picture,” O’Shea said. “I didn’t check it right away because you don’t if they’re going to hack again. So I checked a little bit later. And I said, ‘Oh, my God, I got the picture!'” “
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A week ago, a paddle rider had a close encounter with a whale off Manumet.
“The thing is coming out of the water,” rower Michael Manfredi said. “It’s like 25 feet in the air and there’s a fish flying out of its mouth.” “It’s amazing, it’s incredible. It’s just one of those moments you’ll never forget.”
The Whale and Dolphin Conservation Organization said boats should give whales a buffer zone of at least 100 feet.
“We love the enthusiasm the locals show for these whales off our coast and we want people to enjoy them while they are here, but it is important that they do so safely. The whales move erratically as they attempt to do so safely,” said Monica Pepe, director of safe boating policy for the Whale and Dolphin Conservation. Fishing, so area boat operators should be proactive and make sure they are at least five lengths away from the boats.
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