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Posted on Jul 24, 2012 in Top Shots, salmon fishing
Whale Nearly Capsizes Anglers' Small Boat
by Doug Olander
Let's get outta here! That sums up the reaction of Joe Antonelli after a whale nearly capsizes his boat off Vancouver Island.

A couple out for a quiet day of salmon fishing off southwestern Vancouver Island took a very brief and harrowing ride atop a gray whale.

Reports of a hot chinook bite brought Joe and Shirley Antonelli, of Port Alberni, British Columbia, out into outer Barkley Sound in their new Double Eagle boat. As shown in this video (warning: contains some understandably strong language), while trolling at midmorning, the boat seems to hit something. Moments later, a gray whale surfaces — directly under their boat. Amazingly, the boat tilts but is not capsized.

I can’t imagine a gray whale with malevolent intent; typically, the gentle giants pay little attention to boats in their midst. Maybe proof of that is this incident, which no doubt for these anglers was a classic case of wrong place, wrong time. 

You can read a more complete report here.