Surfers And Tourists Catch Glimpse Of Southern Right Whale In Au - KMSP-TV

Surfers And Tourists Catch Glimpse Of Southern Right Whale In Australia

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Sydney, Australia-Surfers and tourists in Australia were treated with an appearance from a southern right whale off the coast of Sydney.

The whale swam up near the beach and took a rest for several hours almost 500 feet from the shore.

Australian Marine authorities say the female may have been looking for a quiet place to give birth.

Those on the beach got very close to the massive mammal.

Despite, authorities warning of a 328 foot exclusion zone, some even took a boat to catch a rare glimpse.

"There was heaps of us in the water, just didn't know what was going on, but it just all of a sudden popped out and we were just like. And just everyone had their go pros (camera) out," said surfer Jakob Blecher.

Right whales were given their name due to whalers once claiming they were "right" to hunt because they move slowly.

They came close to extinction in the early part of the twentieth century, but have been protected since 1937.

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