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Fishermen in Massachusetts suffered a whale jerk after a huge humpback slammed into their boat. The moment was caught on camera when a humpback whale jumped onto the bow of a boat off White Horse Beach in Plymouth on Sunday.
The video shows a school of fish jumping out of the water before a large whale enters the water and crashes into the bow of the boat.
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“After landing the last fish at 9:38 a.m., our friend suggested we have something to eat and we were lucky. The men fishing from the bow came down, and we were just idling, in making sandwiches, and it happened,” the fisherman said in a social media post. “We are all very lucky, no injuries, minor damage to the boat and…we all felt bad for the whale, in the wrong place at the wrong time for all of us. We got pushed around but we carried on living another day.”
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The 19ft vessel suffered minor damage to her bow but was still seaworthy. The boat came ashore under its own power and no one was injured.
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“We advise recreational fishers and locals to give the whales space. We ask that you give them at least 100 feet, more is better, to give them their space,” said Allison Ferreria, member of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. “These whales are unpredictable, they are large animals, easily disturbed, and we wouldn’t want anyone getting hurt.”