Having a whale of a time! Whale hello there – Incredibly rare moment whale caught a wave with a surfer

This is the incredibly rare moment a surfer rode a wave with a WHALE!

The whale joins in with surfers for a surf and swim

The whale joins in with surfers for a surf and swim

The unknown surfer was surfing in Hermanus, Cape Town when a playful Southern Right whale joined him.

Pictured less than a metre away from the surfer, the mammoth mammal looked like it was having a ‘whale of a time’ as the two rode the same wave.

The unusual encounter was captured on camera by photographer Dave de Beer from Cape Town, South Africa.

The whale joins in with surfers for a surf and swim

The whale joins in with surfers for a surf and swim

Dave, 50, was watching surfers practicing for a surfing competition when he captured the unique image.

He said: “This time of the year, I love to watch the surfers practicing for the Dungens surfing competition, and they come to Hermanus at this time because of the huge waves we get, reaching around 30ft.

“I did not plan to see the young whale with the surfers.

A surfer rides a huge wave

A surfer rides a huge wave

“The young whale was displaying such playful body language, and eventually he gave in and went to play with the surfers in the waves, showing that he too can catch great waves, he even went up to the surfers as if to greet them.

“It’s always great to get pictures of the surfers during this time, and an even better bonus to get this young whale interacting with them.

“I often get whales and surfers in the same shot, but not often to get them this close and in the waves with them.

The whale joins in with surfers for a surf and swim

The whale joins in with surfers for a surf and swim

“They usually just swim past, but this little one was too playful to just swim past, he needed a piece of the action.”