Canoeist: Whale Drowned My Pal Breaching beast toppled boat, says survivor By Mary Papenfuss, Newser User Posted Apr 22, 2010 2:29 AM CDT Updated Apr 22, 2010 5:49 AM CDT 8 comments Comments A whale breaching like this one toppled a canoe off the Massachusetts coast, drowning one of the paddlers. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File) (Newser) – A breaching whale flipped a canoe off the Massachusetts coast, drowning one of the two paddlers, the surviving boater told police. The men were surprised by a pod of whales that appeared next to them in Provincetown Harbor when one of the great beasts breached. Whales' leap from the water is considered by many scientists to be a form of play or communication. Rescuers tried in vain to resuscitate the drowned man on shore, reports the Boston Herald. Police are still investigating.