A Woman has died after a Grey Whale crashed into a tourist boat off Mexico’s Pacific coast.
It’s unclear if the whale jumped out of the sea and landed on the boat, or because it crashed into the boat. The woman, a Canadian, was taken to hospital and later died as a result of her injuries.
Grey whales migrate to Mexico’s coast to breed and nurse their calves in the lagoons and bays.
A Canadian woman died after a grey whale crashed into the tourist boat she was on off Mexico’s Pacific coast.
The woman had been snorkelling off the north-western resort of Cabo San Lucas.
The exact circumstances of the incident are unclear. Firefighters say the whale jumped up and landed on the boat, throwing the victim into the water.But the tour company said the woman was injured when the captain had to make a sudden turn to avoid the surfacing whale, which hit one side of the boat.
The gray whale (Eschrichtius robustus) is a baleen whale that migrates between feeding and breeding grounds yearly. It reaches a length of 14.9 meters (49 ft), a weight of 36 tonnes (40 short tons), and lives between 55 and 70 years. The common name of the whale comes from the gray patches and white mottling on its dark skin. Gray whales were once called devil fish because of their fighting behavior when hunted. The gray whale is the sole living species in the genus Eschrichtius, which in turn is the sole living genus in the family Eschrichtiidae. This mammal descended from filter-feeding whales that developed at the beginning of the Oligocene, over 30 million years ago.