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Jet skier collides with humpback whale

Surprised Skier Glides Over Whale

Brynjar Gunnarsson was jet-skiing off the coast of Sauðárkrókur, Iceland on what he described as a "good sunny afternoon" when a whale suddenly rose out of the water right in front of him. They were in Skagafjörður, a bay on Iceland's northern coast.

Though Brynjar tried to avoid the creature, it was impossible to veer away in a split-second. Brynjar managed to keep his cool and somehow, he stayed aboard the jet ski. Of the ordeal, Brynjar said, "humpback whale got in the way for me and I hit it with my jetski. No harm done." Brynjar emerged unscathed.

The Independent notes that the viral moment is more than just stunning. Dr. Conor Ryan ("a sightings and strandings officer at the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust") told The Independent that he finds the video "disturbing."

Brynjar and his friends reportedly saw some whales from afar, and were attempting to get a closer look when the collision occurred. Because Brynjar was surveying the scene, he didn't see the whale breach until it was too late.

Dr. Ryan notes that Brynjar should have slowed down while in the vicinity of the whales, and calls the crash 'irresponsible." Dr. Ryan fears the whale sustained "serious injuries" from the crash, due to the speed the jet skier was traveling at.

This isn't the first time man and nature have collided. Check out these photos from when a blue whale flipped a boat:

... And for your daily dose of cute, watch this momma/baby whale piggy-back ride. Aw!

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Mary Pianko August 19 2014 at 11:00 AM

He should be arrested and fined.

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Adele August 19 2014 at 10:35 AM

Jerk - he could have missed that whale. I know jet skis can maneuver quickly. He just wanted the "thrill" of riding the whale.

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The Other Susan August 19 2014 at 10:40 AM

No harm done? What a jackass!

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chasesea The Other Susan August 19 2014 at 1:39 PM

He's beyond a jackass. I hope he's no so lucky next time.

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Melinda The Other Susan August 19 2014 at 5:38 PM

Completely agree...No harm done...What, to his ski? To his person? He had no right to invade the space of this gentle giant. I hope he is fined - HEAVILY!!!

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TAMI August 19 2014 at 10:53 AM

what a douche.

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iolie45 August 19 2014 at 10:39 AM

no harm done to jet skier maybe. But what about the whale? Did they even bother to stick around. See if it came back up and showed wounds? Where they could then call a local place to check it out? Of course not!
All about THEMSELVES. Skier not hurt. Not wanting to be fined, etc. JA !!!

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Amy Dan Lou iolie45 August 19 2014 at 1:44 PM

I agree; especially considering its their domain... their habitat. Would they go to another's house and be disrepectful or out of line? Well, that's what they did. Idiots they are.

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DJSpeed iolie45 August 20 2014 at 12:50 AM

The whale is completely fine. Why do I say that? Well if you look it up, the average humpback whale is 80,000 lbs while a jetski is about 800 lbs. That's like a 100lb person getting a 1lb weight thrown at them. Do you seriously think it's hurt? The driver of the jetski is completely fine in stating that there is "no harm done."

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lancecharley DJSpeed August 27 2014 at 9:09 AM

Let me get this right. If a 200lb person is hit by a 18gram 22cal bullet, he should be ok no real damage done. You’re a certified, card carrying idiot, that talks out of his ass because his mouth knows better.

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Beauty Queen August 19 2014 at 11:08 AM

Irresponsible moron! He hit the whale purposely so he could be a big guy with no regard or respect for this majestic creatures life who is only minding her own business. I hate to even imagine the injuries this looser caused this poor animal! *******!

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doleeu7 August 19 2014 at 11:00 AM

This POS spends HOURS learning all of these stupid "Tricks" on his TOY, and then he can't seem to get out of the way of the whale. "No Harm Done"…..MY AZZ!

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Patricia,,,,, August 19 2014 at 11:31 AM

These A**holes knew the whales were there and they still stayed there ...Does Iceland have no laws to protect the whales ....You suck Iceland

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Fred August 19 2014 at 11:51 AM

That poor whale.

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avl14 August 19 2014 at 3:09 PM

Yah dude we all just thank, you so cool Dude, for hitting/banking off a harmless whale
JERK......hope they put sea water in your gas tank......

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