close encounter of the whale kind

did you see this story last week?

i saw this pic on the fail blog and figured it must be fake or photoshopped:

but, apparently it’s real! following several clicks, i found this article from the telegraph (u.k.) that gives the story, including this quote from a woman on the sailboat:

“It really was quite incredible but very scary. The whale was about the same size as the boat.

We’d spotted it about 100 metres away and thought that was the end of it. Then suddenly it was right up beside us.

I assumed it would go underneath the boat but instead it sprang out of the sea. We were very lucky to get through it, as the sheer weight of the thing was huge. There were bits of skin and blubber left behind, and the mast was wrecked. It brought down the rigging too.

Thank goodness the hull was made of steel and not fibreglass or we could have been ruined.”

cnn even has a little video reporting the story.

crazy. real whales leaping = 1; photoshopped whales leaping = 0.

4 thoughts on “close encounter of the whale kind”

  1. This has “Hot Illustrations for Youth Talks” written all over it.
    “just like ignored sin lurks under the surface, you think it will just go underneath you, but in reality it will LEAP OUT OF THE WATER and destroy you.”
    Tongue in cheek but the more I think about it, this could actually work.

  2. I just don’t see how this could be a real picture.

    First, if such a huge beast were to jump out of the water, wouldn’t you be looking in the direction of where the big splash was coming from? Wouldn’t your body language also be a bit less relaxed than that of the person on the boat? Also, the amount of “splash” around it looks way off too…

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