Right Whale, Surfer Encounter: Whale KOs Man in Australia

July 8, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

A Right Whale and a surfer in Australia came into contact with one another over the weekend, resulting in the man getting knocked off his board. He was rendered unconscious and woke up in the sand.

Bishan Rajapakse was surfing around 100 feet from Sydney’s Bondi beach when the whale appeared before him.

Rajapakse said the whale approached him and then knocked him out. He recalls nothing else except for waking up on the sand, reported Sky News.

“I just remember this magnificent whale slowly coming to the right of me and coming for another look,” he said. “I just kind of felt like talking to it like a dog or an animal, and say ‘hey’, that was it. Maybe it was giving me ‘high five’, I don’t know.”

He was taken to safety by other surfers and lifeguards. Later, he was transported to a nearby hospital.

“When I got to him I saw there was this dark, black shadow and it was just massive,” he told Stuff.co.nz. “The whale was moving in like slow motion. It was beautiful and it breached and we could see the barnacles and it was slowly going up and down and turning and it actually made a noise. It was amazing.”

Rajapakse, a New Zealand doctor, suffered no injuries in the incident, reported the website.

“Contacting whales is not what it’s cracked up to be. They look nice and soft but I can’t remember contacting it. Maybe it contacted me,” he added.