And there have been other incidents. In 2014, a blue whale overturned a whale-watching boat off the coast of San Diego, California. Two people were thrown into the water, but luckily suffered only bruises. One of them, Dale Frink, is seen here just before the boat was tipped over.
One place that tourists flock to in search of close wildlife encounters on the sea is the San Ignacio Lagoon, just off the Pacific coast of Mexico’s Baja California Sur state. It’s a very special place for marine wildlife, which is reflected in its status as a UNESCO World Heritage site.