News

Lucky escape: Whale 'bellyflops' on teen off Coast beach

A SUNSHINE Coast teenager has had a closer than expected encounter with a whale off Double Island Point, near Rainbow Beach.

The encounter was reported as a lucky escape after surfing enthusiast Connor Lyons reported the whale calf had bellyflopped on to him, hitting his leg and sucking him underwater with its current.

Mr Lyons and a friend were diving on Wednesday when a pod of whales came upon them.

Mr Lyons told media the pod was about 200m away at that point.

"We didn't see them again, until about 10 seconds before the whales came up out of the water," he reportedly said.

"I thought the baby calf was going to spear me out of the water, but luckily it shot up vertical just before it got to me.

"It landed right on my left leg and knocked my fin off.

 

Connor Lyons
Connor Lyons Contributed

"It was crazy."

The experience was captured on a now-viral video, which shows how close the encounter was.

The calf rapidly comes up for air next to Mr Lyons, before jumping out of the water right next to him, he said.

"It looked like slow motion when it was happening," he said.

"They're just so big, even when they look like they're going slow, they're just going so fast.

"After they went past, after the calf bellyflopped right next to me, there were currents that kept us under for a second.

"It was just the best experience, I'm going to remember this for the rest of my life."

Far from being discouraged by the potentially dangerous experience, he says he hopes to see more whales out on the water soon.

Gympie Times

Topics:  connor lyons cooloola coast double island point editors picks rainbow beach whales whale watching



70 years: Not going to bed angry secret to long marriage

Hard work, keeping busy and never going to bed angry is how Hervey Bay's Ken and Maisie Briskey have enjoyed and committed  to 70 years of wedded bliss.

From dairy and dancing to the bay and bowls

State of Maryborough's streets appalling

Maryborough resident Rachael Watts is appalled at the state of the road along Walker St.

Roads compared to driving on corrugated iron

Urraween Rd tipped to become major accessway for Coast

Roadworks on Urraween Rd outside the TAFE College.

At least three projects are underway, with another extension planned

Local Partners

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy a slick, impressive effort

New Uncharted game for PS4 hits the shelves

Bride and Prejudice's Chris reveals more family heartache

Grant and Chris feature on the TV series Bride & Prejudice. Supplied by Channel 7.

His dad’s health has dealt a massive blow to their happy life

Nicole's ready to bust out of Doctor Doctor's love triangle

Nicole da Silva stars in season two of Doctor Doctor.

New season gets a fresh injection of relationship dilemmas.

MOVIE REVIEW: Tom Cruise flying high again in drug drama

Tom Cruise plays pilot Barry Seal in the movie American Made.

FILM STAR delivers his best performance in some time.

The Project will now be on six nights a week

The Project presenters Waleed Aly, Carrie Bickmore and Peter Helliar.

The Project is expanding with a Sunday night edition and a new host.

Click your fingers, tap your toes

Helen Peters, Elisabeth Wallis-Gaedtke, Evalee Sharples and Kemal Avunduk rehearse for Fascinating Rhythm, Sunshine Coast Oriana Choir's performance of hot jazz, sizzling samba, Latin beats and smooth swing sounds at Lake Kawana Community Centre on August 26-27.

Libby to set beat for Fascinating Rhythm this weekend

Margot Robbie is unrecognisable in London

Margot, is that really you?

MARGOT Robbie looks completely unrecognisable as Queen Elizabeth I.

REVEALED: New shops for Coast centre's $12million revamp

Coast retail centre expands as part of $12million refurbishment

Residents fear sand mine sell out by State Minister

Sand mine opponents attend the Nambour Council Chambers.Cou

Further testing undertaken on site, despite claims of significance

Investors quick to snap up property in key growth corridor

High-profile commercial site sells at auction for $4.920m

The 'mega tower' tipped to deliver Coast jobs

NEW DEVELOPMENTS: Property development manager Timothy Wright overlooking the site of the new development for the Ramada Resort.

Ramada Resort's Stage 2 has just been launched.