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

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

Outdoors

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.

The Latest

reply
7hr

The skate tour formula hasn’t changed much in the last 30+ years: Get the team in a van and hit the road. So that’s exactly what we did. We’re not trying to reinvent the wheel here, just trying to enjoy our time spent on four wheels. Alex Olson, Blake (…)

reply
8hr

Nikita Ducarroz has been one busy woman. She has been traveling the world to compete in numerous BMX events. This would make anyone exhausted so what did Nikita do when she got back home in San Diego? She kept on riding her Mongoose and made this video on her home soil.

reply
11hr

See Tim Durtschi’s full Far Out Ones athlete feature at bit.ly/TimDurtschi. REI present Far Out, the new ski and snowboard film by Teton Gravity Research. Tim Durtschi is probably best known for bringing big tricks to the backcountry. But for him, skiing is a (…)

reply
1d

You usually don’t need much convincing to surf pumping Uluwatu. But, in case you did, check out the Quiksilver Uluwatu Challenge – which got people very barreled for a very good cause.

More BNQT
Home