Utah Diver has a Whale of a Tail, Story

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

Sandy, Utah (AP) A 50-year-old man said his femur broke ``like a twig'' when a humpback whale whipped her tail during an excursion in the Dominican Republic.

Randy Thornston says he was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. Earlier this month --- Thornston was in shallow reefs called the silver banks. It's an area where divers are allowed to swim with humpback whales.

However, there was nothing playful about one mother who had a calf on her back. Thornston --- the owner of a draper dive shop called Dive Addicts --- says the calf woke up and got spooked --- startling the mother who swished her big tail twice.

Thornston was hit and his femur broke ``like a twig.'' he's currently recovering at Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital in Sandy.


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