PEOPLE pay pay good money to get close to whales but this is probably too close for comfort.
Two Perth mates had the experience of a lifetime off Jurien Bay yesterday when two massive whales surfaced metres from their boat.
Kepler Weber had set his mobile phone on record in the hopes of reeling in a couple of big fish on video.
What he captured was far more spectacular.
Moments after Mr Weber and his mate Cameron Marshall commented on the number of whales they had seen, a pair of them made a dramatic entrance off the stern of their boat.
Mr Weber said the whales, believed to be humpbacks, would have measured about 10m long and weighed at least 10 tonne.
They were easily big enough to capsize their 5m Webster catamaran.
“.t was a pretty cool moment that’s for sure. I’ve never had them that close,” Mr Weber said.
“It was close enough that it tangled all of our fishing lines and made the boat wobble.
“The sheer volume of the water cavity they create just tangled or lines in a they just turned into this big knotted mess.”
Mr Weber, the manager at Rose and Crown and Inn Mahogany Creek, said he would have seen about 100 whales throughout the day.
Some of them were rolling onto their backs or slapping their fins.
The fishing mates lowered their speed at times because of the risk of hitting one.
“We were a bit nervous because we’re in a 5m cat and you’ve got a 10t beast that flips over you in a second,” he said.
“If you’re going to look at whales you want to do it in a vessel that can handle a whale bumping it not a little tinnie-sized thing.”
They were not expecting their close encounter in 20m of water.
He isn’t sure why the whales surfaced so close to their boat, but be thinks it could have been a warning of sorts.
“I think they were just letting us know they were in the area,” he said.
“There were two of them and they had a calf with them as well.”
Despite all of the whale activity, the fishing mates still managed to bag out before they headed back to shore.
A memorable day’s fishing.