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Father knocked overboard by a whale while sightseeing in South Africa

In the incredible moment a father is beaten by a WHALE and almost swallowed as the animal smashes the boat out of his mouth in search of South African food

  • 51 year old Marino Gherbaaz, Whale watching the tour with his family
  • 22-year-old daughter Gillian was filmed as a dolphin, which hunted sardines off the coast of South Africa
  • Suddenly the whale appeared to take a bite of the fish, and entered their boat.
  • The merino was thrown into the water and almost ended up in the whale’s mouth.

A whale hunting for food off the coast of South Africa could almost chew a discouraged father after hitting a scenic boat and almost swallowing it.

Marino Gherbaaz, 51-year-old, was taking part in a whale-watching tour in Algoa Bay with his 22-year-old daughter, Gillian, and her family, when a dramatic scene unfolded on 3 April.

Gillian stated that they were watching sardines in a bat ball in a flock of dolphins when a whale arose to take a mouthful of fish from the depths and attacked the boat.

Gillian Gherbaaz, 22, was filming a sardine-eating dolphin off the coast of South Africa when a whale suddenly appeared to take a bite of the fish and boarded the boat.

Gillian's father, Marino Gherbaz, was surrounded in the midst of anarchy and almost in the whale's open mouth (pictured)

Gillian’s father, Marino Gherbaz, was knocked down amidst the chaos and nearly fell into the whale’s open mouth (pictured).

At first, Gillian thought they had hit a rock, but as she looked around she saw the whale watering it.

But amidst this uproar, she failed to see her father falling into the water and took a few more moments to realize that she was in the water.

Fortunately another boat was in the area and was able to pull Marino out of the water and help her before the whale returned.

Whales typically feed on small marine life such as sardines and plankton and do not hunt large animals such as people.

But they accidentally swallow large organisms like birds while they participate in hunting.

Gillian of Gkeberha, South Africa, said: ‘When I realized that this is my father in the water, I panicked. I could not understand why he was at sea.

‘He is not the type of spectacle generally, so I was very skeptical. Once I knew that he was alright and I could swim on the boat comfortably.

‘The whale and the dolphin had moved on, so I did not see any immediate danger.

‘When he got back in the boat, I turned to him and said “what did you do for it?” And we both laughed so I knew she was fine.

Recalling the events of his dad moving up, he said: ‘A large pod of mango dolphin was rounding the fish in a bat ball and the fish tried to use the boat for cover and that’s when the whale landed a loon. Went inside for And hit us.

Mr. Gherbaz was left splashing around in the waters of Algoa Bay until another boat arrived to help him get back to safety.

Mr. Gherbaz was left splashing around in the waters of Algoa Bay until another boat arrived to help him get back to safety.

Gillian said that she and her father were quick to make fun of the incident, but it took more time for her mother to be convinced

Gillian said that she and her father were quick to make fun of the incident, but it took more time for her mother to be convinced

‘I honestly thought we had hit a rock until I saw the breech. It felt as if the boat had stopped the car and had a loud explosion.

‘There was another rubber dinghy on the site and they came to help my dad. It was really quick, and he was back in the boat before I had a real chance to worry.

‘I was relieved to see a laugh at what had happened, and we quickly began to discuss how he got caught in the water. It took a while for my mamme to feel that she was alright.

‘We had made it around all three islands of the bay and were about to depart home when the charter got information about the sardines and that whale, so the crew took us out to see them.

‘We were out at 8 o’clock in the morning and reached the site where the whale was around 11:30 and shortly after, the whale hit the boat amid a feeding frenzy.

‘My whole family was on the boat, along with my aunt and uncle. We did a similar trip in December and liked it so much that we decided to go again. We will probably visit several times in the future. ‘

Ragi Charters, which organized Gillian’s trip, has been running in South Africa since 1992 and is the oldest Marine Eco Tour Company combined with a conservation project in the country.

Owner Lloyd Edwards said: ‘Luckily the whale didn’t hit us in the middle, otherwise the boat would have been in real trouble. It was a great shock.

‘The whale was eager to get the sardines that the common dolphins chased up to shore and put into the bat ball.

‘It still left a hole in the boat but we decided that already and we immediately filed a report with the Coast Guard. We have a 100% safety record. ‘

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