He decided to go where no man has boldly gone before…on top of a dead whale floating through the ocean.
Harrison Williams, 26, admitted that ‘surfing” on a floating whale carcass surrounded by sharks enjoying a meal was a pretty dumb thing to do. Of course, he didn’t realize it until after he was on top of the whale.
“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,” Williams told CNN affiliate Seven Network.
After being told to do it, he calmly launched himself off of the boat he was on, into the water, so he could swim over to the whale and climb onto it. His friends joy in his stunt turned to horror when they realized that beneath the whale, were several tiger sharks and at least one great white shark.
They screamed at him to come back, and the whole incident is caught on video.
Williams says that he was aware the sharks were there, stating “He was too busy chomping on the whale so wasn’t too bad,”
However, not everyone was impressed by his stunt.
According to Williams, “Mum thinks I’m an idiot. Dad’s not too proud either.”
The Department of Fisheries said his behavior was also risky and irresponsible, but Williams will not receive any sort of fine because the whale was already dead, and he didn’t remove parts of it.
The carcass has since washed up on a beach at Scarborough, a suburb of Perth, and sharks are still feasting on the whale.
Authorities closed the beach and two others nearby as a result of sharks being so close to shore.
Williams says he won’t try anything like that again, and he’s grateful to be alive.
“I’ve done it,” he said. “Don’t need to do it again.”