A surfer in Sydney Australia had a lucky escape Sunday when he was hit by a whale and knocked unconscious.   Several whales had been seen frolicking near the beach.

Paramedics were called in to help when one of the large animals hit, or flicked with its tail the male surfer or his board, knocking him unconscious.  The man was rescued by other surfers and is in stable condition at a hospital.

Witnesses say the whale was at least 40 feet long.  They told reporters that the whale appeared to be playing with the surfers when the accident happened.