When Jodie Nelson set off on her 40-mile paddleboarding journey from Catalina Island to Dana Point on the mainland, she knew she was going to have a big day.
However, Jodie had no idea just how monumental her day was about to be. She also didn’t know how massive the friend she was about to make would be, either.
About three hours into her nine-hour journey, a 30-foot minke whale came to visit Jodie. She christened him as Larry, and he swam by her for two whole hours.
When Ellen saw footage of the encounter, she had to invite her to the show to hear more about it.
Jodie explained to Ellen that she was paddleboarding to help raise money for breast cancer charities. The event was in honor of her friend who has been struggling with the disease for over a decade.
Impressively, Jodie is the first woman to take on this particular 40-mile paddleboarding trip. Jodie also probably is the first person to make friends with a whale along the way!
Jodie knew that there was something in the water nearby, but admits to Ellen, “I kind of was scared to look back at what it was because I have a terrible fear of great white sharks.”
Luckily, it was just Larry, who Jodie says, “took my breath away.”
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Photo: The Ellen DeGeneres Show
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