Kayakers Approached by Southern Right Whale at Hobart Beach

StoryfulWeatherPublished: November 23, 2017
Published: November 23, 2017

A southern right whale swam close to kayakers near Hobart, Tasmania, on Wednesday, November 22. According to the ABC, the whale’s appearance in the water at Kingston Beach attracted a large crowd of onlookers, with some concerned for its welfare. The Mercury reported that a warning was issued by the Marine Conservation Program after the whale was first sighted at about 7:30am, urging people not to get too close to the animal. “I’ll say upfront that I was on a kayak and I paddled to less than 100 metres,” Michael Boon, who recorded this footage, said in a Facebook post. “Maybe we were lucky in this case, but this whale didn’t seem bothered. It swam to us and to the swimmers. On a couple of occasions it stopped by us and just lay there, presumably having a good look at us.” Credit: Facebook/Michael Boon via Storyful

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