Whale of a time lands doctor in hospital

The whale was frolicking in the water among surfers about 70m offshore on Sunday morning when it got too close to 38-year-old emergency medicine locum Dr Bishan Rajapakse.

Dr Rajapakse was knocked off his surfboard and lost consciousness for about 10 seconds.

Other surfers managed to help him back to the beach and he was treated by paramedics and lifeguards before being taken to St Vincent's Hospital.

But by afternoon he was happily talking to media from his hospital bed.