Close encounter: mother and calf humpback whales stun surfers at Sydney's Manly beach

Images show dozens of surfers about 10 metres from whales, which migrate up and down the Australian coast

A humpback whale calf, closely followed by its mother, came within metres of surfers and swimmers at Manly beach, in Sydney’s north, on Sunday afternoon.

It is unusual to see a whale calf so early in the year in Sydney. Eastern Australian humpbacks migrate north from Antarctica, along the coast to tropical waters in north Queensland from April to July.

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Humpback whale appears to be in a shark net at Manly, unfortunately. Skin-diver appears to be assisting #abcmyvideo #sharknet #removesharknets #humpbackwhale @abcsydney pic.twitter.com/CZUjtRkw1D

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Source: The Guardian
Close encounter: mother and calf humpback whales stun surfers at Sydney's Manly beach