Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Boy Has One Whale of a Tale to Tell; Giant Tail Whacks 13-Year-Old in Head

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Boy Has One Whale of a Tale to Tell; Giant Tail Whacks 13-Year-Old in Head

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Byline: GRAHAM ORAMS Grafton Examiner

GETTING whacked in the head by a whale was the last thing 13-year-old Drew Hall expected when he headed off fishing with his mum and dad yesterday.

The MacLean family took their dingy out early yesterday morning to try their luck just north of Brooms Head.

The family noticed a large number of whales out further, happily keeping their distance.

Then, about 7am, the family began to slowly cruise along, looking for a better fishing spot when, without warning, a whale's tail emerged from the water and swiped the top of the boat from the bow to the stern.

aIt all happened within seconds,a Mrs Hall said. aI was sitting backwards in the boat looking at Drew and the tail just whacked him and sent him flying into the boat.a

The whale's tail took the windscreen and the cover off the boat as it swiped it. …

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