Unless you’re an avid whale watcher or live close enough to the beach, your chances of seeing a whale are probably small.
If you do see one of these majestic creatures, you might snap a photo or lock the moment into your memory. In 2014, an Australian man saw floating on water.
It was a sad scene as the whale was already dead.
The whale pictured here is a humpback whale. This species can grow up to 52 feet. On average, they weigh somewhere between 30 to 50 tons.
Here’s a look at the man, Harrison Williams, jumping into the water.
Williams is an athlete and a surfer, so he didn’t appear to be nervous when he swam toward the whale. He said he wanted to see if he could help but it was too late.
Onlookers captured video and photos of the whole thing.
He then decided to take advantage of the situation. He climbed onto the carcass and stood on top as though he was surfing.
This is how close the boat was to the carcass.
In a video shown on local news, his friends could be heard warning him about the nearby sharks. Williams was reportedly not worried about them because they were busy feeding on the whale.
In an interview, he admitted it wasn’t until he was on top of the whale that he realized how dangerous the situation was.
“It was the heat of the moment,” Williams said. There were a few predators swimming around the body, including some tiger sharks and a great white.
Just in case you didn’t catch it in the previous photos, here’s a close up of one of the sharks.
There’s no telling what could’ve happened if Williams slipped into the water during his stunt. Although shark attacks are rare, playing with their food poses an added danger.
He also added that he was grateful to be alive.
In the same video, the extreme sports lover said “It was definitely a stupid act but I didn’t mean any disrespect to anyone. Mum thinks I’m an idiot, Dad’s not too proud either.”
The port authority is responsible for the whale.
They stated that Harrison Williams would not be fined for his actions because the whale was already deceased. He also did not remove any part of it.
The adventurer says this is not something he would repeat.
“I’ve done it,” he said. “I don’t need to do it again.” What are your thoughts? Do you think it was worth the risk or do you agree with his parents? Either way, it looks like he’s learned his lesson.