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Whale 1, Surfer 0.

Thankfully the surfer was uninjured and this remains a seriously feel good story.

We've had a Humpback and calf surface right beside us as we sailed off Sydney and they played around with us for half an hour or so. Give them space ? HaHa. The whales ran the show. When they became bored they took off at twice the speed we could maintain.

Surfer at Bondi Beach knocked unconscious by whale - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)


ps - even as a moderator I am not sure whther this is appropriate for General Discussion but it seems a shame for it to disappear into the sewer. I'll move it if anyone objects.

(Southern Right not Humpback)
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Re: Whale 1, Surfer 0.

mmm...whale, surfboard, whale, surfboard...yeh should be safe lets go over there!
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Re: Whale 1, Surfer 0.

Well..

Given that the last thing he remembered was saying “Hey, how's it going?" (to the whale), my guess was that that the whale simply wasn't in the mood for a friendly chat..

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Re: Whale 1, Surfer 0.

I fear it was all a matter of scale.

My guess was the whale was simply waving goodbye.

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Re: Whale 1, Surfer 0.

Cool story. I have had humpbacks in Maui rise a hundred feet or so out when I was surfing. I glared at him. He glared back. Excuse me he spyhopped back. We called it a tie.
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