Watch a Huge Whale Majestically Swim With Two Paddle-Boarders

Written by Sharon Parry
Updated: January 16, 2023
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Key Points:

  • Right Whales were given their name because whalers considered them the “right” whale because they are slow swimmers and their bodies contain so much blubber that they float after they are dead.
  • Even though whales are giant in size they fall low on the food chain because they eat such small animals like plankton and krill.
  • Right Whales are the only large whale that does not have a dorsal fin – making them clumsy, slow-moving swimmers.

Paddle boarding is the latest craze to hit the world of water sports and millions of people take to lakes, rivers, and seas every week to enjoy a calm and relaxing drive through the water. There are plenty of excuses for falling off a paddle board (loss of concentration, a rogue wave) but being pushed off by a whale has got to be up there with the best! In this footage, we see an amazing scene where a whale circles a paddle boarder before gently tapping the rear of the board with a huge fin. Incredibly, the paddle boarder is in no danger of falling off and simply continues to float. The aerial footage was captured by Maximiliano Jonas off the coast of Puerto Madryn in Argentina, in August 2021. Since then, it has had almost 4 million views and we are not surprised!

North Atlantic Right Whale Swimming in Ocean.
North Atlantic Right Whales are docile, baleen whales that tend to keep close to the coast.


Giants of the Deep

The majestic creature in this footage is thought to be a southern right whale. It was given this name because it was the ‘right’ whale to catch for a high yield of meat and oil.

It is a baleen whale and belongs to the Eschrichtiidae family.

Baleen whales do not have teeth. Instead, they have keratin-based plates that grow in rows in the gums of the upper jaw and can be many different colors. They are smooth on the outer edge but have frayed inner edges in which small creatures get trapped as the water filters out.

what do whales eat - baleen
Baleen whales have keratin-based plates that grow in rows in the gums of the upper jaw and can be in many different colors.

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These small creatures can be zooplankton, phytoplankton, algae, and small fish such as krill. This places them quite low in the food chain, even though they are huge in size.

Is it Normal for Whales to Interact with Humans?

Most species of whales are not aggressive toward humans and some, such as the small Beluga and Orcas, seem to bond with caretakers while in captivity. There have been many incidences captured in the media of whales displaying interest and curiosity towards people – but it is rare for a whale in the wild to interact with a human.

Slow-Moving Southern Right Whales

Southern rights are actually quite easy to spot, even if you are not a whale expert. They move very slowly (much like a paddle board) and this is sadly why they were almost hunted to extinction last century. These majestic creatures are large and stocky – they can grow up to 17 m long and reach 80 – 90 tonnes in weight. They are the only large whale that does not have a dorsal fin. In this video, you can clearly see the blunt paddle-like flippers and the broad head which has callosities that form unique patterns.

Their habitat is the southern and sub-antarctic oceans but breeding always takes in warmer temperate waters found around southern Africa, South America, and Australia. They tend to live a solitary life, although a second whale can be spotted towards the end of this clip. Perhaps they wanted to play with the paddle boarders too!

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North Atlantic Right Whale Swimming in Ocean.
North Atlantic right whales are docile, baleen whales that tend to keep close to the coast.

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About the Author

Sharon has a Ph.D. in Public Health but has spent the last decade researching and writing about all things connected with animal health and well being. As a life-long animal lover, she now shares her family home with three rabbits, a Syrian hamster, and a very energetic Cocker Spaniel but in the past she has also been a Mom to Guinea Pigs and several cats!She has a passion for researching accurate and credible information about pets and reviewing products that make pet owners' lives a bit easier. When she isn't checking out new pet products she's trekking around the Welsh mountains and beaches with her dog - although she lets her husband and her three grown up daughters tag along sometimes if they are lucky!

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