Rare Whale Duo Give Paddler Surprise of a Lifetime

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Photo Credit: YouTube/Jaimen Hudson

A rare whale duo gave one paddler a surprise of a lifetime while he was in the waters off Esperance, Australia. Dave Price was stand-up paddlebarding when a pair of curious Southern Right whales approached him. Everyone knows that whales are big, but these guys put that into an entirely new perspective – the massive creatures are generally between 45 and 55 feet in length and can weigh up to 60 tons!

As there are just 7,000 Southern Right whales left on the planet, this already rare encounter had an even slimmer chance of occurring.

Thanks to local Jaimen Hudson, who launched his quadcopter drone after getting wind of the whales in the area, the encounter was captured from above, offering a vantage point that shows just how large the animals are in comparison to Price and his board.

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Photo Credit: YouTube/Jaimen Hudson

Hudson told ABC Esperance that the encounter seemed completely safe and that the whales were curious about Price. “There was one time when the whales lifted their heads up looked up over Pricey’s board, they were so inquisitive and wanted to know what he was.”

“The whales moved to where he was,” he added. “The whole time they were very slow-moving and peaceful.”

You can watch the footage of this incredibly beautiful sighting here: