ROTTNEST ISLAND, AUSTRALIA (SEVEN NETWORK) – Amazing video has gone viral showing an incredibly dangerous stunt by an Australian swimmer.
For most of us we wouldn’t ever want to get close to a rotting carcass of a whale.
But not 26-year-old Harrison Williams.
“At first I couldn’t get grip. Ended up using my chin to drag myself up,” said Williams.
The Quinn’s Rocks man risked his life to jump into the water and climb onto the whale while two large sharks were gorging themselves on its flesh.
“Out on the boat with the boys and one of my mates thought it’d be pretty funny if I surfed the whale, so I just did it,” said Williams.
Williams says he saw the sharks, including a huge great white. But not even that was enough to put him off jumping in. He said he wasn’t worried about the sharks because they were too busy eating to notice him.
While the 26-year-old hauled himself onto the whale, his friends watching from the boat couldn’t believe what they were seeing.
The panic in their voices is obvious.
“Harrison there’s sharks – get back here quickly!” exclaimed his friends.
Williams says it wasn’t until he was on top of the whale that he realized how dangerous what he’d just done was, and he says looking back on it its something he would never do again.
“Definitely not,” said Williams. “Cause I’ve done it – don’t need to do it again.”
Authorities say because the whale was dead and Williams didn’t remove any part of it, he won’t be fined.
Today the whale continued drifting closer towards Scarborough with two more sharks in tow.
This time there were fisheries officers close by to make sure there were no more stunts.