Whales surprise two paddleboarders in Argentina - BBC News (with video)
Two Argentine paddleboarders were surprised to see a whale swimming next to them in the coastal town of Monte Hermoso.
The pair can be seen paddling next to a whale and at one point they said they were surrounded by 12 of the animals.
During the video one paddleboarder is knocked off of their board by a whale fin but they both said the experience gave them an immense feeling of joy.
That experience must be unique …
Immense feeling of joy?? I suppose its a great story to tell your friends, but joy? No…pure panic perhaps!
I would have enjoyed that.
I agree, Pixie. It would have scared me too, because how would you know their intentions?
I suppose that’s what happens when humans venture into these creatures terriroty.
AFAIK, whales don’t attack humans.
They are, however, intelligent and curious, so some will be drawn to investigate human activity.
Yes Omah, I have read that before, but just from the sheer size of their bodies they could easily (unintentionally) swell the water to tip a small paddle board over.
That’s exactly what happened but no harm was done - maybe the whale was having fun …
However, as you imply, accidents could happen. AFAIK, swimming with wild whales is not recommended and, mostly, prohibited.