World Cetacean Alliance 'Shocked' Canadian was Killed in Cabo Whale Collision
Affan Chowdhry - The Globe and Mail
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March 12, 2015

A global organization promoting responsible whale watching is calling the death of a Canadian tourist off the coast of Mexico – when a grey whale came crashing on a tour boat on Wednesday – a freak accident and unprecedented.

“I was really shocked when I heard about this news. In terms of my personal awareness I think this is the first time that a whale or dolphin in the wild, as part of a whale-watching trip, has actually accidentally killed somebody,” said Dylan Walker of the U.K.-based World Cetacean Alliance.

“Bearing in mind, there are 3,300 plus whale- and dolphin-watching companies around the world in over 120 countries and overseas territories who go out to see these animals every day for six months out of 12 months of the year – so a huge amount interaction between people and whales and dolphins,” he added.

According to Mexican authorities, the accident happened as a tour boat carrying whale watchers was returning to the resort city of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. The identity of the Canadian woman has not been released.

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In this video from 2010 off the coast of South Africa, a southern right whale is shown crashing onto a small boat and snapping the mast in two. (RT)

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