By Josie  October 27th, 2023

Sydney Surfer Nearly Wiped Out By Breaching Whale (and Catches It All on Camera)

This surfer’s ride quickly went from a blissful afternoon to a near-death experience when a breaching whale nearly wiped him out

While the exact weight of the whale that collided with Jason cannot be known for sure, humpback whales can weigh anywhere from 25 to 30 metric tons.

How Heavy Was the Whale?

After all, they’re the biggest creatures to exist in our oceans (and the entire planet for that matter.)

Luckily for Jason though, the breaching whale was, in all likelihood, a juvenile whale who hadn’t quite reached this huge size just yet.

The force exerted is immense given the whale’s weight and the acceleration required to break free from the water’s resistance.

The Immense Force of a Breaching Whale

Before executing a full breach, reaches its top speed of approximately 17.4 miles per hour.

Jason Breen was wingfoiling at Mona Vale beach when a humpback whale soared out of the water, landing on top of him.

The Wipe Out

The force dragged him about 20 to 30 feet below the surface.

Miraculously, he resurfaced, thanks to his board’s leash snapping, allowing him to make his way back to the shore.

A Lucky Escape

Several theories suggest reasons for this behavior, including communication, playfulness, removing parasites, or even as a hunting strategy.

Why Do Whales Breach?

Regardless of the reason, witnessing a breaching whale is a breathtaking experience, showcasing the might and grace of these marine mammals.

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