Whale capsizes Mass. canoe, drowning man

There are 15 comments on the Berkshire Eagle story from Apr 22, 2010, titled Whale capsizes Mass. canoe, drowning man. In it, Berkshire Eagle reports that:

A man canoeing in the ocean waters off Cape Cod has died after the canoe came in contact with one or more whales and capsized.

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A Citizen

Brockton, MA

#1 Apr 22, 2010
Next time don't harass whales so you can "commune" with them or "meditate" to their song or what have you.
Wrong read

Albany, NY

#2 Apr 22, 2010
A Citizen wrote:
Next time don't harass whales so you can "commune" with them or "meditate" to their song or what have you.
Never said anything about it. Based on what the story says you add a lot of your own fiction. Maybe it was an accident.
Up Close

Altamont, NY

#3 Apr 22, 2010
Sometimes getting up close to nature has tragic results. RIP, tree hugger.
Francis A

Clifton Park, NY

#4 Apr 22, 2010
Up Close wrote:
Sometimes getting up close to nature has tragic results. RIP, tree hugger.
Wow... a person dies and you call him names.
Hugs

Merrimack, NH

#5 Apr 22, 2010
Up Close wrote:
Sometimes getting up close to nature has tragic results. RIP, tree hugger.
Angry little boy.
Up close

Altamont, NY

#6 Apr 22, 2010
Francis A wrote:
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Wow... a person dies and you call him names.
Why do you consider "tree-hugger" an epithet?
Up close

Altamont, NY

#7 Apr 22, 2010
Hugs wrote:
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Angry little boy.
I wished the man to RIP (rest in peace), what did you think RIP stood for?
Prove me wrong

Schenectady, NY

#8 Apr 22, 2010
The basic reality of mid-april ocean temperatures was ignored by the people in the boat. The one guy who survived was very very lucky. He could have died by hypothermia just as easily as his friend.
whale king

West Springfield, MA

#9 Apr 22, 2010
the rides have turned
REALLY

Pittsfield, MA

#10 Apr 22, 2010
Prove me wrong wrote:
The basic reality of mid-april ocean temperatures was ignored by the people in the boat. The one guy who survived was very very lucky. He could have died by hypothermia just as easily as his friend.
The article did not mention whether either man was wearing a life vest. Looks like they should have been wearing life vests AND wet suits.
RIP
Hugs

Merrimack, NH

#11 Apr 22, 2010
Up close wrote:
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I wished the man to RIP (rest in peace), what did you think RIP stood for?
pardon me....but "tree hugger" is not usually a term of endearment.
Up close

Altamont, NY

#12 Apr 22, 2010
Hugs wrote:
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pardon me....but "tree hugger" is not usually a term of endearment.
I apologize for my naivete. I am an avid hiker and nature-lover and have a group of friends who call ourselves tree huggers. I was never exposed to the negative connotation before today. I think it's awful that it's used in a disparaging manner by some people.

The post was intended as a polite goodbye to a fellow nature appreciator.
A Citizen

Brockton, MA

#13 Apr 22, 2010
I'm sorry, but there's no way this was some "Jaws" type incident where these guys were minding their own business when they were set upon by rogue whales out of nowhere.

They ended up among those whales in canoes to "get close to nature".

"Wah! That's not in the article! You're making assumptions!"

Yup. Correct assumptions, too.
USA

Russell, MA

#14 Apr 22, 2010
REALLY wrote:
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The article did not mention whether either man was wearing a life vest. Looks like they should have been wearing life vests AND wet suits.
RIP
The Coast Guard told WBZ 4 in Boston that they were not wearing life jackets or wet suits. Sad and tragic, but getting that close to those who live in the ocean can lead to unknown consequences, obviously. That specific area is frequented by right whales. A canoe in the sea is dangerous, not like on a pond...the survior told the Coast Guard the whale just surfaced. Had it breeched as some have speculated in other media forums there may have no survior at all. A breeching 20 ton whale would have destroyed the canoe, which when shown on WBZ was intact.
kitkat

Russell, MA

#15 Apr 22, 2010
In whale language 'paybacks are a bitch'

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