Bishan Rajapakse, a 38-year-old doctor from Bondi, was knocked unconscious for 10 seconds when he was struck by a whale, thought to be a southern right, while surfing at Bondi Beach on Sunday morning.
The surfer was taken to St Vincent’s Hospital and is in a satisfactory condition. “It was a near drowning,” said Gordian Fulde, director of the emergency department at St Vincent’s. “But he has no broken bones. He will probably go home tomorrow.”