Tuesday, November 4, 2014

(Video) Man Who Sat On Rotting Whale Carcass As Hungry Sharks Circled Claims He 'Was Trying To HELP It'

Harrison Williams said he thought the dead humpback looked 'distressed' when he jumped off a boat and swam towards it.

A man who climbed on the back of a rotting whale carcass as it was surrounded by hungry sharks said he was trying to HELP the dead animal.

Harrison Williams jumped of a boat and swam to the rotting humpback as it floated in the sea before climbing onto its back.

A group of tiger sharks and at least one Great White were in the water when Harrison leapt in at around 1.30pm, yesterday.

The extreme sport lover was pictured sitting on the 12m-long whale as people on the boat called in panic to warn him there were sharks in the water.

The 26-year-old has since explained that he did not think about the possible consequences of his actions before he jumped in off the coast of Western Australia.

"Basically the whale looked in distress and I tried to help it. But clearly I was too late [sic]," he said.

Harrison said that he knew there were sharks around, but didn't realise how much danger he was in until he climbed on the whale. 

"At first I couldn’t get a grip and I ended up using my chin to drag myself up," he told Mail Online.

"[The shark] was too busy chomping on the whale so it wasn’t too bad," he said.

Harrison said his mum thinks "I'm an idiot" and that his dad wasn't too impressed with him either. Fisheries officials have monitored the carcass to ensure that it is not interfered with again.


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