A Sydney surfer survives a thumping from a 15 meter whale, knocking him unconscious in a brutal tail slap at Bondi Beach. 08/07/13
Out on the water, Bishan Rajapakse, a 38-year-old Bondi doctor, had been peering into the eye of an amicable whale, thought to be a southern right, when he was given the slapdown to end all slapdowns.
Dr Rajapakse was knocked out but, supported by other surfers, lifeguards came out and he was taken to St Vincent's Hospital where he spent the rest of the day with a sore head.
When the whale first pulled up to play among 15 or so surfers, the entire beach watched fascinated as the animal gambolled just 40 metres offshore.
The incident reopened debate about how surfers and swimmers around Sydney routinely disregard guidance to keep a safe distance from whales when they appear off beaches during annual migrations.