Originally Posted by cgoing
Yet it never seems to happen to the people studying sharks, whales and such.
Dr. Peter Whatever-his-name-is out of UC Santa Cruz had a 16' Zodiac holed by a white shark while studying GWS's at Ano Nuevo a few years back. I believe they were chumming then, too. As I recall, there was a video of it somewhere.
I hit a whale coming back into Monterey Harbor about 3 years ago; it surfaced about 10' in front of me just as I was rolling off the throttle for the no wake zone. Felt the impact on the hull, then the motor, and it was over. A guy going out said he followed the whale for about a half mile and reported no gashes or bleeding.
I also recall a few instances of breaching humpbacks landing on boats (one off Central California, one down in the LA/San Diego area, and a sailboat in the Caribbean.)