Whale breaches dangerously close to fishing boat, but do anglers even notice?

Whale breaches dangerously close to fishing boat, but do anglers even notice?

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Whale breaches dangerously close to fishing boat, but do anglers even notice?

A close call between salmon fishermen and a breaching humpback whale was caught on camera Monday off Monterey, Calif., and it’s likely that the anglers were not even aware of the spectacular event.

The accompanying image was captured by Tim Huntington from aboard the High Spirits, run by Blue Ocean Whale Watch out of Moss Landing in Monterey Bay.

Photo: ©Tim Huntington/Blue Ocean Whale Watch

Kate Cummings, owner of the company, told USA Today that the same whale had breached twice before the outboard began passing through the area, with its crew inside the wheelhouse on a cool, gray afternoon.

“I do not think they saw the whale at all,” Cummings said. “They probably didn’t see the first two breaches either, as the timing between them was several minutes and the boat wasn’t in the vicinity when it had been breaching.

“There were scattered whales throughout the area, though, meandering through the fishing boats, so the boaters must have known whales were in the area.”

Cummings said the boat was probably 50 feet from the whale when it breached, explaining on Instagram:

“The angle of this shot makes the situation look worse than it was, as the boat is about 50ft from this breaching humpback. A reminder to be whale-wise and operate carefully when in the vicinity of whales. We had a great trip with multiple super-active humpbacks!!

The image was used with Huntington’s permission.

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