TODAY | July 08, 2013
>>> and what started as a peaceful encounter with a whale left a surfer knocked unconscious this weekend at a beach in australia. he remembers paddling close to the whale, then getting hit by a massive tail.
>> i just remember this magnificent whale just slowly coming to the right of me and coming for another look. and you know? and i just kind of felt like talking to it like a dog, you know, or animal, like hey, you know? that was it. maybe it was giving me a high-five, i don't know.
>> the surfer was rescued and taken to the hospital with only minor injuries. and yes, now he has a whale of a tale to tell.