Tourists’ fun outing to watch whales at sea turned into a nightmare as a huge humpback whale jumped out of the water to land on their boat. According to news reports, the incident took place in the Topolobampo bay of Sinaloa.
The terrifying moment was caught on video and has since gone viral on social media.
Humpback whales are known for their acrobatic maneuvers, leaping out of water. The clip shows the massive whale doing a characteristic acrobatic move, but landing on the tourist boat, instead of the water beneath. The whale is seen flapping its fins as it returns to water later.
The boat meanwhile almost dragged underwater, before surfacing again. The pictures of the mangle boat posted on Twitter showed the damage suffered in the incident. The roof had collapsed, and railings were twisted completely.
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According to reports, two women and two men sustained injuries and were taken to a hospital in Los Mochis.
Reports said that Topolobampo bay is famous for being a great place to spot whales. Whales usually migrate to the Mexican territorial waters to breed from mid-December to the end of March. Thousands of tourists hire boats to view these magnificent mammals.
According to a report in the News.com.au, the coordinator of Civil Protection in Ahome, Omar Mendoza Silva said the whale felt threatened as the boat got too close to it. He added that the authority in Topolobampo had also ordered captains of boats to keep a safe distance from the whales.