Whale of a Tale: Cruisers Get Unwelcome Free Ride from a Humpback

Glenn Wilson and Nerida Higgins were enjoying a quiet evening moored in their yacht off Australia’s Queensland coast when a whale took their boat’s anchor rope in its mouth and dragged them out to sea. The frightening trip lasted 15 minutes and their boat was transported 1.8 miles. The couple called nearby boats, the coastguard and even police for help, all to no avail. “I think they thought we’d had a few drinks of something,” Ms. Higgins said.

When a second humpback whale took the rope in its mouth, the couple decided to cut the line, fearing their boat would get smashed up. “We were hoping to see some whales but not actually that close,” Mr. Wilson said.

The incident was captured on video by Ms. Higgins–a bump in the night they will never forget.

View the complete story, including video at www.news.sky.com.

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