VIDEO: Proof That Whale "Attack" Was Not Photoshop Fake

Today, video footage emerged of the incredible scenes when a huge whale launched itself on to a boat sailing off the coast of South Africa.

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It was one whale of a tale... literally.

A couple off the coast of South Africa enjoying a beautiful day of sailing had a terrifying run in with a massive mammal that left them unharmed, but their craft seriously damaged.

"We'd spotted it about 100 meters away and thought that was the end of it," said Paloma Werner, who was on the boat with her boyfriend and business partner, Ralph Mothes. "Then suddenly it was right up beside us."

The couple, experienced sailors who operate the Cape Town Sailing Academy together, had noticed the whale as they cruised through Table Bay, near Cape Town harbor, when it approached their vessel.

"I assumed it would go underneath the boat, but instead it sprang out of the sea," the 50-year-old said.

"I thought surely it can't be on a collision course with us," said 59-year-old Mothes.

The Southern right whale, an endangered species common to those waters which can weight up to 60 tons, shot into the air and smashed into the Intrepid, a 32-foot yacht with a steel hull.


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