Dangerous Waters

Whale Collides With Yacht

In what's sure to be an epic tale: A 40-ton, 30-foot long whale crashed into a yacht in South Africa Sunday—and both sailors and the whale survived. What would cause a whale to throw itself onto a yacht? Officials are investigating whether Paloma Werner and her boyfriend, Ralph Mothes, possibly harassed the endangered whale before it breached onto their steel yacht. Laws require sailors to stay at least 1,000 feet away from whales, and a marine activist said he constantly has to warn people to stay away. But Werner said the whale was "just having fun," and “did not intend to attack us.”