A paddleboarder found himself too close for comfort with a surfacing whale Sunday off Salisbury Beach in Massachusetts.
In an apparent attempt to avoid a possible collision, the man tried to veer the board away from the whale and fell into the water. He scrambled back on the board as the whale disappeared underwater.
Phil Chambers was in a boat and captured video of the incident and posted it on Facebook.
Salisbury Beach is known as one of the few places between Boston and Maine with a large sandy beach accessible to the public. On Sunday it apparently was also a good spot to whale watch.
One commenter on Chambers’ Facebook page was a witness to the scene and wrote, “It was horrible. The paddleboarders and boats were all rushing to get so close to the whale. Poor thing. People should use common sense and stay at a distance.”
Federal regulations state whale watchers should stay 200 yards away from whales and remain out of their swim path. That isn’t always possible as sometimes the whales pop up out of nowhere to check out boaters.
Photo is a screen grab from the video.