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WATCH: People Swim Close to Whale in Hobart’s Derwent River

22 Nov 2017, 12:29 pm

Swimmers approached a southern right whale that came close to shore at Kingston Beach near Hobart on Wednesday, November 22.

Whale at Kingston beach in Hobart

A whale came to visit Hobart today….he liked to sing as well…and playing with the swimmers (yes they were a bit close)…and just lazing about in the sun!#DiscoverTasmania#TasmaniaTo use this video in a commercial player or in broadcasts, please email

Posted by The Beach Escape at Primrose Sands on Tuesday, November 21, 2017

According to the ABC, the whale’s appearance attracted a large crowd of onlookers, with some concerned for its welfare.

The Mercury reported that a warning was issued by the Marine Conservation Program after the whale was first sighted at about 7:30 am, urging people not to get to close to the animal.

Credit: Facebook/The Beach Escape at Primrose Sands via Storyful

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