Photograph a world first

IT'S been a whirlwind week for one Coffs Coast kite surfer, after an awe-inspiring photograph he took of a whale has brought him international fame.

Macksville High photography teacher, Dave Sheridan, was kite surfing through choppy waters off Valla Beach recently when the camera mounted to his 9m Cabrinha X Bow kite snapped a giant shadow gliding centimetres below the surface.

“When I saw the shadow, I thought it was the kite until the whale's tail flicked up and hit me in the back of the head,” Dave said.

He thought he was 'a goner' but he believes the tail flick was more of a warning than a threat.

“Just to feel the awesome power in the whale . . . it was amazing,” he said.

So amazing, in fact, that Dave's photograph has captured the attention of a worldwide audience. For the past week, Dave has been fielding phone calls from newspapers in London, recording live interviews at all hours for television shows in the United States, and weathering the media storm that has followed the national and international publication of the shot.

“It's definitely taken me by surprise, I never realised it would generate such interest,” he said. Dave has been teaching at Macksville since 2001 and has been taking photos since he was in high school.

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