A whale lands on a fishing boat off Manomet Point in Plymouth


PLYMOUTH – A breaching whale landed on the bow of a fishing boat on Sunday, but luckily no one was injured.

It happened around 10 a.m. just a few hundred yards from Manomet Point, where the whales have been feeding in the area. Last week a photographer captured an image of a whale surfacing not far from a paddle.

Because whales were in the area, a Plymouth Harbormaster boat was monitoring the waters this weekend as a precaution.

“It’s definitely both a sense of excitement and concern,” said Regina Asmutis-Silvia of North American Whale and Dolphin Conservation.

A whale breaking out in Plymouth.

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A man on shore took pictures on Sunday as the whale breached and landed on the bow of the boat before falling back into the water.

The boat did not capsize. Harbor master Chad Hunter said the fishermen returned to the boat launch and left the area.

Asmutis-Silvia said the whale’s actions were unintentional. “They won’t pay attention to what’s going on around them, so they’re not looking for kayakers, paddleboarders or even boaters. They just focus on food,” she explained.

A whale lands on a fishing boat off Manomet Point in Plymouth.

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Hunter said while boaters had gotten too close to the whales in recent weeks, it seems everyone in this case was “doing the right thing” and just fishing when the whale broke.

Photographer Brooke Perry rushed to the Plymouth coast when she heard the whales were close. “It’s really good for tourists to be able to see them up close because most of the time you can’t,” the Ohio woman said.

“Even a small humpback whale, you’re still talking about something that probably weighs 50 to 60,000 pounds,” Asmutis-Silvia said.

Massachusetts Environmental Police are investigating.


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