You never realize just how large dolphins are till one of them body-slams you.
Andrew Hill, an Australian paddleboarder, came face-to-face (er, body-to-body?) with a dolphin while boarding off the coast of Gracetown, West Australia.
The moment was captured by photographer Lucas Englert, the man behind surfing Instagram account lubricatedsurf. Englert was getting ready to film some surfers when he caught footage of Hill’s encounter with the small pod of dolphins.
The group of eight or nine dolphins decided to catch the same wave as Hill. As the wave picked up, one of the dolphins leapt out of the water and crashed right into the paddleboarder and knock him right off the board.
But don’t fear — Hill told 7News Perth that the injury was no worse than what he’s experienced playing rugby.
“Hats off to him,” said Hill about the dolphin. “He collected me really well.”
Presumably, “collected” means something like a tackle in Australia?
Either way, hats off to them both.