A British Columbia angler who had gone ashore in a dingy was not having much luck fishing from the beach, but his larger boat, anchored in Toquart Bay, snagged a humpback whale that almost stole away with the vessel (see photo at right and video below, and pay close attention toward the end of the video.)
“I’m still shaking … nine hours later! The biggest fish of our lives nearly caught us today,” said the angler, Kent Huisken, in a blog post about the incident.
The whale, which of course is a mammal, somehow became tangled in the anchor line of the 33-foot boat. Huisken grabbed his camera when he noticed the whale, a surprising sight because of the bay’s shallow water, getting close to the boat.
The rope got snagged in the mouth of the whale and it began pulling the boat, while Huisken and his fishing partner began a pursuit in the dinghy.
“Our 17,000-pound vessel was looking like a bathtub toy!” Huisken wrote.
Huisken was able to jump aboard the boat with his partner filming from the dinghy. Huisken found a knife and was going to cut the anchor rope but suddenly the whale began lunging from the surface and snapped the line.
The realization that a humpback whale was pulling his beloved 33-foot boat, “Dakota Roamer,” shocked angler Kent Huisken, who was returning to his boat from land when the incident occurred.
“We watched as he swam away angry and confused,” Huisken wrote. “Our hearts went out to him (as they definitely were not in our chest) and we prayed that he would be free from the entanglement.”
The whale was later seen dragging the line, but not the anchor, and seemingly faring well.
Fisheries officials were called and alerted to the whale’s position, and calls were also placed to the local entanglement network.
“Evidently, entanglement is not terribly uncommon as whales can get caught up in fish nets, crab gear, etc.” Huisken concluded. “They have a unit ready to assist when and if a distressed whale needs it; that made us feel even better.”
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