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A "big whale" flipped over the boat, killing five people inside.

Off Goose Bay, close to Kaikoura, New Zealand, a boat capsized with 11 persons on board, causing a "terrible tragedy."

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There were five fatalities off the coast of New Zealand, and the cause of death appears to be a collision between a boat and a whale that was breaching the surface.

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When the incident occurred, the boat was transporting passengers on a birdwatching excursion near the South Island village of Kaikura.

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Locals doubted the 28-foot-long boat hit driftwood because the hull was undamaged. Some said a whale tipped it.

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Including sperm whales, humpback whales, and southern right whales, New Zealand's seas are home to about half of the world's whale and dolphin species.

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On Saturday, the boat capsized in Goose Bay, close to Kaikura, killing all eleven people on board.

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The mayor of the town, Craig Mackle, stated that the seas were calm and that the boat capsized because a whale surfaced beneath it.

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Kevin Anderson, a nearby resident, claims he saw a whale within two hundred to three hundred yards of the sunken vessel.

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He reported calm seas and no nearby ships. "A horrific, awful calamity that came out of nowhere," he told the New Zealand Herald.

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If they'd hit a slow-moving log, the boat wouldn't have tipped "Gary Speer, who went on a similar excursion, said. Probably a breaching whale."

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The bodies of the five victims who perished in the unexpected accident were brought to the surface by police divers.

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On Sunday, the name Cathye Haddock was confirmed to be one of them. Peter Simpson, her husband, expressed his sorrow at her passing.

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Feeling "like a possum that's been ran over," he put it. Birdwatching expeditions and whale and dolphin watching cruises frequently depart from Kaikura.

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