Kiteboarder Swatted by Whale Tail

Tuesday, 11 November 2008
The kiteboarder and the whale.Take a look at this fantastic photo. Its a shot of kiteboarder, David Sheridan passing within centimetres of a giant whale while boarding near Nambucca Heads, Austraila.

The photograph was taken on by a sail mounted camera 25m above the water with photos taken every 10 seconds.

Just after he passed by the whale, it flicked its tail and hit him in the back of the head.

"It all happened so fast that all I could do was crouch down as the whale swam under me," Mr Sheridan, 42, said.

"Next thing I felt was its tail come up and hit me on the back of the head.

"I thought I was gone, but the force eased off and I sailed away with shaking legs."

The whale appeared content to shoo him away, rather than lash out with any aggression.

"It was more of a push than a punch. I expected more," Mr Sheridan said.

All I can say is that he is a very lucky guy as he easily could have been killed or even worse, eaten. I saw "Finding Nemo". I know what could have happened. Though, it would have been fun to later get shot out of his blowhole. Little Dory, she was so cute...

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Photo Credit: David Sheridan

David Johnston

David Johnston

David Johnston has been introducing people to the sport of sea kayaking for the past 15 years. He is a senior instructor trainer with Paddle Canada and teaches for several paddling schools in Ontario, Canada. Full Bio.

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