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A couple out on a quiet boating trip off the coast of South Africa got the shock of their lives when they were suddenly joined on deck by a 40-ton southern right whale.
Yacht skipper Ralph Mothes, 59, is seen in this amazing photograph dwarfed by the whale as it breaches right next to his yacht Intrepid.
A 30ft southern right whale towers over Ralph Mothes a split second before slamming into the deck of the Intrepid training yacht. This amazing shot was captured from a nearby sightseeing vessel in at Hermanus, east of Cape Town, South Africa
After thrashing about on deck, the whale slipped back into the water and left the scene of the collision. Mr Mothes and his girlfriend Paloma Werner were left with a broken mast and trashed yacht. They managed to make it back to the marina
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