A whale hit a fishing boat near the coast of Plymouth, Massachusetts, on Sunday in an area where whales have been spotted numerous times over the last week.
A person who took images of the whale as it was breached by numerous fishing boats in the vicinity. The whale is believed to have struck one of these boats, which caused the bow to sink into the ocean.
Two people on the boat could brace themselves when the boat began to tip in both directions.
“We love the enthusiasm that local residents are showing for these whales off our coast and want people to enjoy them while they are here, but it’s important that they do it safely. The whales are moving sporadically while trying to catch fish, so boat operators in the area should be proactive and make sure they are at least five boat lengths away,” said Monica Pepe, WDC’s Safe Boating Policy Manager.