Kayaker comes to the rescue of beautiful humpback whale who ‘asked’ for help

An outdoor activity instructor was leading a group out on the water off Rainbow Beach in Queensland recently, when they were brought to the attention of a rather impressive mammal who needed some help.

Tyron van Santen, was leading a group of 18 tourists on a dolphin and whale spotting tour when the amazing juvenile whale approached them after it was caught up in some rope and required assistance.

The moment was captured on video, which you can see at the bottom of the page, showing the point in which the tour guide jumped into the water to come to the rescue of the majestic whale.

He said the whale kept coming over to the group, so they decided to try and give it some space to avoid distressing it, but the whale kept coming back to them.

When talking to news.com.au, the instructor said: “It turned on its side and it was kind of like it was trying to show us something.

“It flipped around and showed us its flipper with a rope around it, so I just sat there and watched it for a couple more minutes and it kept doing it, and I thought, ‘I think I’m going to try and help this out’.”

“I didn’t feel threatened at all, I was just really amazed by its ability to try and communicate with us. I’ve got so much respect for them too because I know how powerful they are. I wouldn’t jump in with any whale but I just felt like this one needed help.” He added.

Watch the video of the rescue story here:

 Kayaks and open canoes for sale in the UK are mostly used for leisure activities that don’t include whale spotting, but you never know what you might spot when you are out on the water!

Image and video courtesy of Epic Ocean Adventures under Creative Commons.

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