Snorkeller reveals why a humpback whale smashed her with its fin so hard she was left with ‘car crash’ injuries – as she becomes the third swimmer to be attacked in Australia in just a WEEK
- Alicia Ramsey was snorkeling in WA when a humpback whale calf swam up to her
- However the whale’s mother became protective and swam in between the pair
- Ms Ramsey was hit by the whale’s fin and left with fractured ribs and scratches
- She is the third woman in six days to be attacked by a humpback in the area
A swimmer has suffered injuries comparable to being hit by a car after she find herself between a protective humpback whale and its calf, the third such attack in just a week.
Alicia Ramsey was snorkelling off the coast of Exmouth, 1,264km north of Perth, Western Australia, with a guided tour to watch whale sharks on Thursday.
But a calf humpback whale soon became curious and swam close too the group, according to Nine News.
Alicia Ramsey (pictured) was snorkeling off the coast of Exmouth, 1,264km north of Perth, Western Australia, with a guided tour to watch whale sharks on Thursday
She was left with barnacle scratches (pictured) and rib injuries following her brush with the 30-tonne sea creature
The 30-year-old said: ‘Mum went into protective mode and as she swung back and as she did that to put herself between us and the calf her fin went out and got me.’
She was left with barnacle scratches and rib injuries following her brush with the 30-tonne sea creature.
Ms Ramsey said she didn’t realise until she was back on the boat that she was severely hurt.
‘For it to be the second one in a week, I can not believe it happened to me,’ she said.
Ms Ramsey was taken to Royal Perth Hospital for treatment.
‘She was massive. Huge. To look out into the water and only be able to see the side of her face,’ Ms Ramsey said of the encounter.
The 30-year-old said: ‘Mum went into protective mode and as she swung back and as she did that to put herself between us and the calf her fin went out and got me’ (a whale in the area)
Dr Sheryl Jonescu said there have been some injuries in Ms Ramsey that were consistent with getting hit by a car.
The incident came just days after two snorkellers were hit by another mother humpback whale while swimming in the same area.
The whale’s tail hit a 29-year-old woman who was left with a fractured rib and internal bleeding while another woman had a torn hamstring after being hit by the whale’s fin.