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This whale breached and knocked two men overboard. Here’s how they survived

The breaching whale in New Jersey knocked a small boat out of the water

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Witnesses said a humpback whale breached a small boat. The boat knocked two men over. They swam to the shore. The whale swa away.

Witnesses said a humpback whale breached a small boat. The boat knocked two men over. They swam to the shore. The whale swa away.

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Two men in a small boat off the coast of New Jersey found themselves knocked overboard after a sizeable humpback whale breached and slammed into the water.

What’s going on:

  • Witnesses said a humpback whale breached and it led to a small boat getting hit. The boat knocked two men over. They swam to the shore. The whale swam away.
  • Bob Schoelkopf, the director of the Marine Mammal Stranding Center, told NJ.com: “The whale did what whales usually do — they’re looking for food, and they don’t pay attention. It breached the boat and knocked it out of the water.”
  • Researchers plan to take a DNA sample from the underside of the boat, according to NJ.com.
  • Police said there were no injuries from the moment. The whale also appeared to be fine, per ABC 7 New York.

What it looked like

The Friends of Seaside Park Facebook page posted a photo of the breached boat, which is leaning against the shore out of commission.

The post read:

For those asking, both occupants are okay they were both thrown from the boat. The 🐋 whale kept swimming and breaching. From our view, the whale is totally fine. Appeared to be a humpback. For those asking for a time frame, it happened around 11:50 am and it was on the trailer at around 3:30pm.

The event reportedly occurred on World Ocean’s Day.