Jen Karren, a 35-year-old Canadian woman from Calgary, was aboard a tourist boat when a gray whale surged out of the water and landed atop the small craft. The injuries she sustained in the crash proved to be fatal. WWF Canada’s Tonya Wimmer told Global News, “One of the biggest things is…things can happen. It’s not that the animals are doing anything on purpose. There can be a little bit of unpredictability.”
In another disturbing incident in 2013, in British Columbia, Canada, a humpback whale smashed into Raymond Boyd’s boat near Kelsey Bay. A whale breached ahead of Boyd and the subsequent impact threw him through the boat’s windshield, resulting in severe facial injuries. Fortunately, after plastic surgery, Boyd recovered.