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A man has surfed a dead whale surrounded by sharks. Australian Harrison Williams climbed on to a rotting whale carcass and “surfed” the huge dead mammal after diving off his boat. "Mum thinks I'm an idiot, and Dad's not too proud either," the 26-year-old told Seven news. The encounter was just off Rottnest Island, which lies 20 miles west of Perth.

Man surfs dead whale

Not something you’re going to be proud of; photo is a screen grab

"One of my mates said it would be pretty funny to surf the whale, so I did it," Williams says of his rationale. This was despite the presence of several large sharks, believed to be tiger sharks and white pointers, that were feeding off the rotting carcass.

The resulting footage has gone viral, but Western Australian officials did not press any charges against Williams. "Swimming close to whales in Australian waters—whether dead or alive—is illegal," whale expert Will Jones told News.com.au. “However, no one’s been daft enough to do it before, and hopefully they won’t again.”

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