Williams is an athlete and a surfer, so he didn’t appear to be nervous when he swam toward the whale. He said he wanted to see if he could help but it was too late.
Onlookers captured video and photos of the whole thing.
He then decided to take advantage of the situation. He climbed onto the carcass and stood on top as though he was surfing.
This is how close the boat was to the carcass.
In a video shown on local news, his friends could be heard warning him about the nearby sharks. Williams was reportedly not worried about them because they were busy feeding on the whale.
In an interview, he admitted it wasn’t until he was on top of the whale that he realized how dangerous the situation was.
“It was the heat of the moment,” Williams said. There were a few predators swimming around the body, including some tiger sharks and a great white.