Pilot whale delights tourists on Taiwan’s east coast

Tourists were both delighted, but also nervous when a pilot whale approached the shore at Sanxiantai in Taitung County recently.

Hundreds of tourists were on the shore, some wading ankle deep, when the whale swam within a few meters of the beach on Monday, July 29.

The whale circled around and came back to shore, leading one woman, fearful that the whale intended to beach itself, shouting, “don’t come back, don’t come back!”

After completing a circle, the whale swam away into deeper waters.

A video of the incident was uploaded to Facebook by tour operator Zeng Shicheng (曾世誠) this morning, Sunday, August 4.

pilot whale swims close to tourists on shore at Sanxiantai, Taitung County, July 29, 2019.
A pilot whale swims close to tourists on shore at Sanxiantai, Taitung County, July 29, 2019. Picture: Zeng Shicheng, Facebook.

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