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This is crazy -
Ralph Mothes and Paloma Werner of Cape Town Sailing Academy in South Africa are old hats when it comes to expeditions on the open seas. But there's no way they could have anticipated Sunday's wildlife encounter when they set out for a routine sail near Robben Island: A 40-ton whale leaped out of the sea and landed on the deck of their boat, the London Daily Telegraph reports. Luckily, Mothes and Werner both came away alive, as did the whale.

Pictures provided by Werner show the incredible sight of the breaching whale just before impact, as well as the aftermath.
 

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Don't mess with Moby Dick.
 

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We were out tuna fishing a couple of years ago when a good-sized humpback breached less than 30 feet from us- totally scared the $hit out of us!!
 

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Saw my first one in VA Beach this year - absolutely beautiful.
 

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Another reason to not like blow-boats. ;) I'd love to see a close up shot of the Capt of that failboat. Bet he had to change undies after that.

That is a little closer than I'd be comfortable with...like Saf-T, I too have been awful freaking close to whales accidentally. BTW, their breath (spout) abso-freakin-lootly STINKS. Definitely a potential customer for Scope.
 

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"Hey you kids! Get off my ocean!"

I'm guessing it was an older whale.
 
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