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    One Whale Of A Time

    Whale Damages Boat, Injures Man in Calif.

    SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - A whale smashed into a 27-foot boat, destroying the cabin, steering and radar, and injuring one passenger, the boat's owner said. The Bayliner was cruising off the Santa Barbara coast to catch the sunset Wednesday when the whale came up from below and belly-flopped onto the boat, owner Jerry Gormley said.

    The whale emerged again, and its tail toppled the vessel's railings and knocked over a passenger. Bob Thornburgh, 50, was later treated for cracked ribs, his wife said. The whale was estimated to be about 30 feet long. Wayne Perryman, a researcher with the National Marine Fisheries Service, said the boaters probably encountered a gray whale, which rarely show aggressive behavior and are common off California this time of year. It could have been a coincidence that the whale surfaced where the boat was, he said.

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060203/...hale_vs_boat_1

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    This is pretty bizzarre.
    Think about all the whale watching boats . Could you imagine if this happened on one of those?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JBean
    This is pretty bizzarre.
    Think about all the whale watching boats . Could you imagine if this happened on one of those?
    I saw the boat on TV; the whale did a number on it, and almost sank it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buzzm1
    I saw the boat on TV; the whale did a number on it, and almost sank it.
    I haven't had the news on, I bet it's a sight. Man talk about a freak accident if it was just a fluke (pun intended)



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