Swimmers describe humpback whale attack in Western Australia

Two women from Perth, who were snorkelling at Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia have described the terrifying moment a fellow swimmer was crushed by a humpback whale.

Speaking to The West Australian, Tahnee Pitman and her friend Sharnee Pannell had just finished their second snorkelling expedition when the mammal struck a 29-year-old woman, which left her with internal bleeding and broken ribs.

Pitman, who had seen the whale while swimming around the reef, said the mother and her calf became “protective” and “aggressive” towards the snorkellers in the water.

“They circled the group multiple times and became quite aggressive in their behaviour,” Pitman told the publication.

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