Cape Town - It's no secret that Hermanus is considered the Southern Right whale-watching capital of the world... But these surfers got a little more than they bargained for when a massive Southern Right Whale decided to hit the waves right alongside them!
Hermanus-based photographer Dave de Beer said he was watching surfers practicing for the Dungens surfing competition at a popular local surfing spot when the whale appeared.
He said he enjoys watching the surfers train for the iconic surfing competition this time of the year. "They come to Hermanus because of the huge waves we get, reaching up to 10 metres!"
Considering the SA Weather Alert's warnings for high seas in the area over the past few weeks, Dave could have expected to see some great surfing action. But what he didn't expect was to a whale surfing!
"The young whale was displaying such playful body language, and eventually he gave in and went to play with the surfers in the waves, showing that he too can catch great waves... he even went up to the surfers as if to greet them!"
Check out this stoked whale:
You can view more photographs of the whale and the surfers here: This Southern Right whale is so stoked, surfing the waves in Hermanus
Dave says he often gets whales and surfers in the same shot, "but not often to get them this close and in the waves with them. They usually just swim past, but this little one was too playful to just swim past, he needed a piece of the action."
Dave de Beer recently self-published his second photographic coffee table book - Hermanus Whales the Journey Continues - on the Southern Right Whales that annually visit Hermanus.
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