• Sur-fin the waves! Giant Southern Right whale plays in the swell with surfers as they practice for a competition in South Africa

     

    • The unknown surfer was in the water off the coast of Hermanus, Cape Town when a Southern Right whale appeared
    • Huge animal then joined in with the fun and played around in the surf just inches away from people in the water
    • The rare encounter was captured on camera by the 50-year-old photographer Dave de Beer from Cape Town

    These incredible pictures show the moment a surfer rode a wave off the coast of South Africa – alongside a giant whale.

    The unknown surfer was in the water at Hermanus, Cape Town, on the country’s west coast when a Southern Right whale appeared beside him.

    Pictured less than a metre away from the surfer, the huge animal joined the fun and was seen playing around as the waves were breaking.

    Surf's up: Incredible pictures show the moment a surfer rode a wave off the coast of South Africa - alongside a giant whale

    Surf’s up: Incredible pictures show the moment a surfer rode a wave off the coast of South Africa – alongside a giant whale

    Joining the fun: The Southern Right whale came to the surface as surfers were practicing for a competition at Hermanus, Cape Town

    Joining the fun: The Southern Right whale came to the surface as surfers were practicing for a competition at Hermanus, Cape Town

    The rare encounter was captured on camera by photographer Dave de Beer from Cape Town.

    Mr de Beer, 50, was watching surfers practicing for a surfing competition when he captured the photographs.

    He said: ‘This time of the year, I love to watch the surfers practicing for the Dungens surfing competition, and they come to Hermanus at this time because of the huge waves we get, reaching around 30ft.

    ‘I did not plan to see the young whale with the surfers.

    Close encounter: Pictured less than a metre away from the surfer, the huge animal joined the fun and was seen playing around as the waves were breaking

    Close encounter: Pictured less than a metre away from the surfer, the huge animal joined the fun and was seen playing around as the waves were breaking

    The rare encounter was captured on camera by 50-year-old photographer Dave de Beer, from Cape Town, who was picturing surfers practicing for a competiion

    The rare encounter was captured on camera by 50-year-old photographer Dave de Beer, from Cape Town, who was picturing surfers practicing for a competiion

    ‘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.

    ‘It’s always great to get pictures of the surfers during this time, and an even better bonus to get this young whale interacting with them.

    ‘I often get 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.’

     

     

     

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