Whales might seem like gentle giants, but they have a lethal touch

The Maritime Safety Authority and work safe officials are being understandably tight-lipped about the exact circumstances of the tragedy at Kaikōura two weeks ago which claimed the life of five people while out in a charter boat nature watching. But the event does bring home what mariners have known for centuries, that whales can be dangerous creatures. And our country’s maritime history peppered with stories of whales wrecking boats to prove it.

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