Social media is cracking up over — and, in some cases, shaking their heads at — a family member who called 911 to report a group of whales during an outing on a boat.
Darren Lucciana took his family for a boat ride on Washington’s Puget Sound — a popular spot for whale watching — when three humpback whales swam up to their boat. In a video shot by a family member, Lucciana assures his panicked family, “All right, we’re all right, calm down,” while a woman hyperventilates in the background.
“Oh my God, it’s going right under us, you guys!” yells a woman while another is heard sobbing.
“Relax, he’s checking us out … they’re not going to hurt you. Just relax, he’s right under us,” says Lucciana. He adds, “Look at this, you guys, you’ll never see this again.”
“Let’s get out of here!” says a woman. Another declares, “I’m calling 911.”
Lucianna tells his family that the “intelligent” mammal is simply curious and will swim away soon. “Look at that — he’ll rolling!” he exclaims excitedly. “Oh my God, this is amazing — you guys, there’s another one right behind him!”
“Dad, let’s get out of here,” says a nervous male voice, while a woman reaffirms, “I’m calling 911!”
“I’m out at Puget Sound and there are three gray whales right underneath our boat, and I’m afraid that we might get flipped over,” the woman says into the phone. “I’m really scared.”
As the boat begins pulling away and the whales start diving, Lucianna breathes, saying, “That was amazing.” A family member then cries, “Stupid whales! They’re going to kill us.”
A woman makes a second call to 911, explaining that the family has been “quietly watching them for about an hour and they’re underneath our boat right now — all three of them — and it’s really scary. I’m just afraid that if we get tipped over that somebody needs to know where we are.” She also provides the family’s GPS coordinates.
“The worst thing that can happen is that we go for a swim, dude,” the dad protests, adding, “You will never forget that.”
Aside from calling the family “obnoxious” and “ridiculous,” social media commenters noted that the panicked response was like the recurrent 911 calls on people of color.
1. have I not been trying to warn y'all about whales and how you should never be too close to something that big??
2. white family calls police on group of humpback whales LMAOOOOOhttps://t.co/zZC2f2wUWm
— Tracy Boomeisha-Ann Clayton (@brokeymcpoverty) October 9, 2018
How do you go to the ocean and call the cops on whales when you're going to their home? She continued reporting the whales even when she was out of "danger" 😂 I can't
Also I'm trying to change the world one friend at a time. If you don't know a Muslim follow me. ❤
— StanceGrounded (@_SJPeace_) October 9, 2018
'Family Calls Cops on Whales'
Yup, you read that right.
1. You DO NOT reengage the motor when whales are less than 100 feet from your vessel!
2. You are in THEIR home.
3. What were the police were going to do other than have a good laugh?https://t.co/PcSCdadokT
— DolphinFreeAZ (@DolphinFreeAZ) October 9, 2018
— Black Panther Peeps (@godofwine77) October 9, 2018
I cannot believe the beautiful, rare and privileged moment they wasted on being stupid. A once in a lifetime opportunity gone. What are the damn police going to do? You are in THEIR HOME!
Family calls 911 on trio of humpback whales https://t.co/JbXHUZCpiK
— ✋StOp*ALL*aBuSe✋ (@vanDawn1971) October 8, 2018
Lucianna did not return Yahoo Lifestyle’s request for comment. The awestruck dad commented on his Facebook post: “Never forget this experience. So glad my boys could witness it.”
Read more from Yahoo Lifestyle:
- Neighbor calls police on award-winning black politician canvassing for votes: ‘It was just so degrading’
- Little sister of fallen deputy Mark Stasyuk is welcomed back to school by dozens of police officers
- Police officer hailed as a hero for staying calm while suspect yells the N word at least 50 times