When she came across a gigantic whale during her solo 40-mile paddle off the coast of California, San Clemente resident Jodie Nelson resisted the urge to panic, and instead turned the encounter into an opportunity to raise awareness and money for breast cancer research.
Nelson had already had charity on her mind when she sought to become the first woman to stand-up paddle between Santa Catalina to Dana Point, the OC Register reports.
But, when Larry the Whale began swimming with the breast cancer supporter, the extra publicity he brought helped Nelson bring in more than $100,000 in donations.
Appearing on national news networks, Larry was seen coasting alongside Nelson, playfully flipping in the water and blowing bubbles over his travel companion.
After Nelson's amazing trip captured the attention of more than a few breast cancer advocates, she was able to raise $122,803 for breast cancer research, and has since increased her goal amount to $250,000.
"I don't know why [Larry] hung out with me for two hours, but he got the money we needed," Nelson told the news source.
In the U.S. breast cancer is the second most common cancer among women, according to the National Institutes of Health.