First, a whale jumps on and crushes your boat. Then you face the prospect of two years in jail or more than $40,000 in fines.
Widely reported photographs and later a video surfaced showing a 33-foot southern right whale soaring out of the water off Cape Town, South Africa, and landing on a couple's boat, nearly destroying it.
But the incident was more than just a freak accident. Last Friday, a spokesman for the local environmental agency said his group is investigating reports that the boat owner was harassing the whale - and he could face harsh fines and even jail time if found guilty.