Surfers paddle dangerously close to a whale off a beach in Sydney. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)
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STORY: Surfers off a Sydney beach came extremely close to a southern right whale on Sunday (June 29), paddling very near to the animal as it splashed around in the water.
A helicopter's camera caught the footage which showed a surfer quickly swimming away when the whale flicked its tail.
One unidentified boy, who was surfing in the water at the time, said the mammal looked big up close.
"I was paddling out there and then I saw it. It was pretty big," he said.
The surfers appeared to be closer than allowed by New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service. It says surfers should stay more than 100 metres away from whales.
The Department of Environment and Heritage told local media it may have been a pregnant female.
Local media reported the surfers left the area once marine authorities arrived.
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