What Happens When People and Marine Animals Collide?

Written by on July 12, 2013 in Other Marine Life, Other News

Check out these two very different videos of people interacting with large marine animals. One person gets up close and personal with a whale by accident and the other voluntarily jumps in the water with a six foot lemon shark.

A few days ago, surfers in Australia enjoyed a unique experience as a southern right whale swam right along side them. One surfer, however, doesn’t remember much more than that as the whale actually knocked him unconscious. Watch the following video clip from CNN to see what happened.

In this video, sports agent Drew Rosenhaus decided to jump in the water to play with (wrestle with? touch?) a six foot lemon shark after he accidentally hooked on the end of his fishing line.

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About the Author: Emily Tripp is the Publisher and Editor of MarineScienceToday.com. She holds marine science and biology degrees from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and a Master of Advanced Studies degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. When she's not writing about marine science, she's probably running around outside or playing with her dog. .


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  1. Grant says:

    The Whale encounter is actually at Bondi Beach one of Australia’s most famous beaches. Australians and New Zealanders may get a bit touchy if you make this mistake as they are two different countries seperated by 1400miles of ocean, with different accents and a fierce sporting rivalry.

  2. Emily says:

    Oops! I read that it happened in New Zealand. Thanks so much for the correction!