Whale of An Encounter

Marine mammal encounters can be a harrowing experience.

Whale of An Encounter

Not all encounters with marine mammals are pleasant, though this one reported in England's Daily Mail is certainly awesome to see, as a humpback whale breaches frighteningly close to a fishing boat in Mexico's Sea of Cortez. Thankfully neither the boaters nor the whale were injured.

In the second series of photos, a humpback nearly capsizes a panga. No reports on whether or not there were injuries in this cetacean encounter.

Not all unpleasant whale encounters involve breaching. Want to see what happens when a humpback whale snags your anchor line? Check out the video posted here on Boatingmag.com.

For advice on navigating when whales are around, visit the NOAA Fisheries website page on marine mammal viewing guidelines.