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Pro Paddleboarder Spots Whale Tail

11/13/2009 6:15 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

... and not of the exposed thong variety.

Jamie Mitchell: Click to watch
While filming a TV project in September, paddleboarding champ Jamie Mitchell got up close and very personal with a humpback whale off the coast of Australia -- and the footage is pretty incredible.

At one point, the giant mammal was literally inches from Mitchell -- who never loses his footing.

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1.

Lost Lass    

How fortunate he was to be able to witness something so wonderous.... THAT would be something I would remember my whole lifetime!


1749 days ago
2.

ber    

A-freaking-mazing!

1749 days ago
3.

balls    

balls

1749 days ago
4.

the a-hole    

BRAD PITT'S HARPOONING A WHALE!!!!
This, right after having a motorcycle accident, eating 47 porkchops at a Denny's and having sex with the waitress!!!

1749 days ago
5.

balls    

FISH

A fish is any aquatic vertebrate animal that is typically ectothermic (or cold-blooded), covered with scales, and equipped with two sets of paired fins and several unpaired fins. Fish are abundant in the sea and in fresh water, with species being known from mountain streams (e.g., char and gudgeon) as well as in the deepest depths of the ocean (e.g., gulpers and anglerfish).

Food prepared from fish is also called fish, and it is an important food source for humans.

The early fossil record on fish is not very clear. It became a dominant form of sea life and eventually branched to create land vertebrates.[citation needed]

The proliferation was apparently due to the formation of the hinged jaw because jawless fish left very few descendants.[43] Lampreys may be a rough representative of pre-jawed fish. The first jaws are found in Placodermi fossils. It is unclear if the advantage of a hinged jaw is greater biting force, respiratory-related, or a combination.

Some[who?] speculate that fish may have evolved from a creature similar to a coral-like Sea squirt, whose larvae resemble primitive fish in some key ways. The first ancestors of fish may have kept the larval form into adulthood (as some sea squirts do today), although perhaps the reverse of this is the case. Candidates for early fish include Agnatha such as Haikouichthys, Myllokunmingia and Conodonts.

1749 days ago
6.

tracyw    

Looks fake to me

1749 days ago
7.

the truth hurts huh    

Zzzzzzzzzzz ... Cool experience - but we didn't need 2 minutes of it - nor his talking. They're lucky they didn't get their butts smacked into the air by those huge, powerful animals!

1749 days ago
8.

unknown    

FANTASTIC!
I'd like to bag on the usual commentators, but the majesty and wonder of seeing such gargantuan behemoths of the deep almost playfully... ah, nuts. THEY'RE MAMMALS, F-N Kooky! The only one out of 7 so far was Lost Lass, who realizes the wonder and the majesty and blah, blah, blah. Just makes me so angry. Argh! A-holes

1749 days ago
9.

Homer    

"of the coast of Gold Coast, Austraya..."
All Australians are drunken, racist, cultureless morons.

1749 days ago
10.

Homer    

That was quoting Allen Ridak. He should know.

1749 days ago
11.

RITE ING KLAS    

VERY COOL.

1749 days ago
12.

Lmao    

Wow and americans say the aussie media are slow .. We actually got this story with pictures and video footage 30 mins after it happened in Sept .. and you're only reporting about it now :)) .. seriously

1749 days ago
13.

Julie    

I saw a whale once at Sea World. I didn't sit in the splash zone, though.

1749 days ago
14.

why?    

Friggin awsome!

1749 days ago
15.

andi    

I am also an avid paddleboarder. It's a thrill on it's own, but when you see the wildlife coming up to check you out, as this whale obviuosly did, it adds a whole new dimension to the experience. In the gulf off of Venice, FL, I have been surrounded by bottlenose dolphins, rays, sharks, schools of tarpon, sea turtles and curious tourists. I LOVE IT!!!!

1749 days ago

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